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clawing


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  To  relieve  from  some  uneasy  sensation,  as  by  scratching; 
  to  tickle;  hence  to  flatter;  to  court.  [Obs.] 
 
  Rich  men  they  claw,  soothe  up  and  flatter;  the  poor 
  they  contemn  and  despise.  --Holland. 
 
  3.  To  rail  at  to  scold.  [Obs.] 
 
  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 
 
  {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. 




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