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clamber onto (something)

To climb onto something in a lumbering or uncoordinated manner. The bus swayed as the boys clambered onto it, whooping and laughing.
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clamber up (something)

To climb something. Everyone else was able to clamber up the rope in gym class, but I struggled, thanks to my scrawny arms.
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clamber onto something

 and clamber in (to something); clamber on
to climb onto something clumsily. The kids clambered onto the tractor and tried to start it. The wagon stopped and the kids clambered on. All the campers clambered into the bus.
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clamber up (something)

to climb up something, especially in a particular way. The wall climbers clambered up the wall quickly. Tricia clambered up the ladder and cautiously went down again.
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It did not take me long to clamber over its side and drag Nobs in to comparative safety, and then I glanced around upon the scene of death and desolation which surrounded us.
The second detective was assisted to clamber up into the car.
Van Horn gallantly helped the old man to clamber to the rail, straddle the barbed wire, and gain the deck.
The other puppies came sprawling toward him, to Collie's great disgust; and he gravely permitted them to clamber and tumble over him.
Think ye that ye have heart enough to clamber down this cliff?
They howls all down the line fit to frighten you; some on 'em runs arter us and tries to clamber up behind, only we hits 'em over the fingers and pulls their hands off; one as had had it very sharp act'ly runs right at the leaders, as though he'd ketch 'em by the heads, only luck'ly for him he misses his tip and comes over a heap o' stones first.
So we must get ashore without swimming, in some opening between the rocks through which we can drive the boat and clamber out.
My contempt and my longing increase together; the higher I clamber, the more do I despise him who clambereth.
While some brought all their energies to bear upon this toilsome task; and some, rearing ladders against the prison, tried to clamber to the summit of the walls they were too short to scale; and some again engaged a body of police a hundred strong, and beat them back and trod them under foot by force of numbers; others besieged the house on which the jailer had appeared, and driving in the door, brought out his furniture, and piled it up against the prison-gate, to make a bonfire which should burn it down.
After wringing their hands and rushing to and fro as if they were stark mad, one mounted on the shoulders of his brother, and tried to clamber up the face of the high wall, guarded at the top with spikes and points of iron.
Contract notice: Supply, installation and commissioning of equipment unit up-stream from the pilot biorefinery r & d project for clamber castilla-la mancha region bio economy plant, co-financed by erdf.
You had to veer off from the path then clamber down from the edge of the moor, which petered out in a low cliff.
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Kids could clamber up a rock-climbing wall, get up close with butterflies and other insects in the Bug House, have their faces painted, crawl through a giant crocodile, learn about small animals and reptiles and meet stars of the Animal Planet television network, including Jeff Corwin of ``Corwin's Quest.
Stunned ground staff saw the man clamber onto the British Airways 747 bound for San Francisco.