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Meaning of “claw your way (somewhere)” in the English Dictionary

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claw your way (somewhere)

to ​moveforwards with ​difficulty, ​especially by using ​stiffcurvedfingers to ​remove the things that are in ​your way: The rescuers could ​hear the ​sound of the ​trappedpeopledesperatelytrying to claw ​their way through the ​rubble.figurative Sidney ​ruthlesslyclawed his way (up) from the ​position of ​juniorclerk tochairman of the ​company (= he ​achievedsuccess with ​effort and by ​hurting other ​people).
(Definition of claw your way (somewhere) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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