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"claw" in American English

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clawnoun [C]

 us   /klɔ/
one of the ​sharp, ​curvednails at the end of each of the ​toes of some ​animals and ​birds: Our ​catlikes to ​sharpen her claws on the ​legs of the ​diningtable. A claw is also the ​curved, ​movablepart at the end of the ​leg of some ​insects and ​seaanimals, 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 ​catattacked him and ​began clawing his back. Someone who claws his or her way ​somewhere uses a lot of ​effort to ​achieve something: [I] The ​teamtrailed, 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 British English

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clawnoun [C]

uk   /klɔː/  us   /klɑː/
one of the ​sharpcurvednails at the end of each of the ​toes of some ​animals and ​birds: Our ​catlikes to sharpen her claws on the ​legs of the ​diningtable. one of the two ​pointedparts, used for ​holding things, at the end of the ​legs of some ​insects and ​seacreatures: Keep ​yourfingers 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"claw" in Business English

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clawverb

uk   us   /klɔː/
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 ​highlysuccessfulbankexecutive.
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(Definition of claw from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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