Meaning of “claw” in the English Dictionary

"claw" in British English

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clawnoun [ C ]

uk /klɔː/ us /klɑː/

one of the sharp curved nails at the end of each of the toes of some animals and birds:

Our cat likes to sharpen her claws on the legs of the dining table.

one of the two pointed parts, used for holding things, at the end of the legs of some insects and sea creatures:

Keep your fingers away from the crab's claws when you pick it up.

clawverb [ I or T ]

uk /klɔː/ us /klɑː/

(Definition of “claw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"claw" in American English

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clawnoun [ C ]

us /klɔ/

one of the sharp, curved nails at the end of each of the toes of some animals and birds:

Our cat likes to sharpen her claws on the legs of the dining table.

A claw is also the curved, movable part at the end of the leg of some insects and sea animals, such as crabs and lobsters:

Watch out – the lobster’s claws pinch.

clawverb [ I/T ]

us /klɔ/

to cut esp. flesh with claws:

[ T ] Nora’s cat attacked him and began clawing his back.

Someone who claws his or her way somewhere uses a lot of effort to achieve something:

[ I ] The team trailed, 24–13, after one quarter but clawed to 26–18 by halftime.

(Definition of “claw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"claw" in Business English

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clawverb

uk /klɔː/ us
claw your way (somewhere)

to achieve something with great effort or difficulty:

claw your way into/out of sth He clawed his way out of near bankruptcy.
She was always an excellent student, and she has clawed her way up to being a highly successful bank executive.

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(Definition of “claw” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)