Meaning of “get your claws into sb” in the English Dictionary

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"get your claws into sb" in British English

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get your claws into sb

informal disapproving

to find a way of influencing or controlling someone:

If the loan company gets its claws into you, you'll still be paying off this debt when you're 50.

If a woman gets her claws into a man, she manages to start a relationship with him, often because she wants to control him or get something from him:

If she gets her claws into that young man, she'll ruin his political career.

(Definition of “get your claws into sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)