clambering


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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.
See also: clamber

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.
See also: clamber, up
References in classic literature ?
Presently from a great distance and faintly there came an answering scream, and a half-hour later the lithe form of Sheeta bounded into view where the others of the pack were clambering gingerly into the canoe.
Gahan leaped to his feet and rushed toward the great beast in the hope of dislodging it before it had succeeded in clambering aboard.
Glancing up, I saw that the tower was empty, and I lost no time in clambering up, looking about me.
As she worked she failed to hear the scraping of naked bodies clambering over the ship's side, or the padding of unshod feet upon the deck above her.
Already he could hear the mob clambering the stairway to the next quarters--they would be at the door beside him in another instant.
Though he still felt some warmth from the tea he had drunk and from his energetic struggle when clambering about in the snowdrift, he knew that this warmth would not last long and that he had no strength left to warm himself again by moving about, for he felt as tired as a horse when it stops and refuses to go further in spite of the whip, and its master sees that it must be fed before it can work again.
And as he regathered his forces, Tarzan reached Taug's side, and then clambering higher up to the point where the end of the grass rope was made fast, he unloosed it and lowered the ape slowly downward, swinging him in until the clutching hands fastened upon a limb.
And if the gas went while mum was cooking Sunday lunch, there would be a scramble to find her purse before he was sent clambering over the coal to put in more pennies.
As we know, flaky Neil, who's currently the most entertaining nutjob in Corrie, bar Mary, doesn't need much encouragement to pull a crazy stunt, but the fear of his wife grabbing Tim's window cleaning ladder and clambering onto the roof of The Rovers in protest.
As we know, flaky Neil, who's currently the most entertaining nutjob in Corrie, bar Mary, doesn't need much encouragement to pull a crazy stunt, but the fear of his wife re-marrying sees him grabbing Tim's window cleaning ladder and clambering onto the roof of The Rovers in protest.
While climbers clambering through established trees, hedges and shrubs certainly add a new dimension to the garden, pruning is a problem if this coincides with the flowering of the climber.
One can only imagine the stewards' imprecations and imaginative oaths flung at this selection of golf fans, pictured clambering all over the score boards at the 100th Open Championship in 1971, were they to attempt this kind of stunt at any contemporary tournament
It's better than Madonnna, Debbie Harry and Julia Roberts clambering over me all at the same time.
While the Bears have drafted in the help of the British Army to get themselves in tip top condition, the Pears have been spotted clambering across an assault course.
The five, all adults, were led to safety down ladders after clambering through a window and on to the third storey roof of the blazing building in Coventry Street, Kidderminster, to escape deadly smoke.