Claw Claw (kl[add]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clawed} (kl[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clawing}.] [AS. clawan. See {Claw}, n.] 1. To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails. [1913 Webster]

2. To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Rich men they claw, soothe up, and flatter; the poor they contemn and despise. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

3. To rail at; to scold. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

In the aforesaid preamble, the king fairly claweth the great monasteries, wherein, saith he, religion, thanks be to God, is right well kept and observed; though he claweth them soon after in another acceptation. --T. Fuller [1913 Webster]

{Claw me, claw thee}, stand by me and I will stand by you; -- an old proverb. --Tyndale.

{To claw away}, to scold or revile. ``The jade Fortune is to be clawed away for it, if you should lose it.'' --L'Estrange.

{To claw (one) on the back}, to tickle; to express approbation. (Obs.) --Chaucer.

{To claw (one) on the gall}, to find fault with; to vex. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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