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Topic: BIRDS

Language: Old English
Origin: clawu

claw

1 noun
     
claw
claw1 [countable]
1HBAHBB a sharp curved nail on an animal, bird, or some insects:
The cat dug his claws into my leg.
lobster claws
2

get your claws into somebody

a) if someone gets their claws into another person, they influence them in a harmful way:
The thought of Eloise getting her claws into the child made his blood run cold.
b) to say unpleasant things about someone in order to upset them:
Wait till the papers get their claws into him.
3TZ the curved end of a tool or machine, used for lifting things:
a claw hammer
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