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claw

noun [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.

claw

verb [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.
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