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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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When the coalman had been Colin |Perry had to put pennies in the gas meter by clambering over the coal
Annual or herbaceous climbers dying back in autumn are best for clambering through hedges; climbers with tendrils or twining stems most suitable because they attach themselves to the stems of the host.
Thanks love," said the old lady, clambering on board, none the wiser but happy as Larry.
Finally completed in 1762, the Trevi was designed by Nicola Salvi, who picked up where Bernini left off, devoting an almost maniacal attention to the form of the scogli, or rocks, clambering over the fountain brandishing a charcoal stick to indicate precisely the shapes his stonecutters should follow.
WADE performed it impeccably, with the contemporary dancers moving gracefully to a waltz melody, Euro-classicists clambering on top of each other to rhythm and blues riffs, and prima-ballerinas dancing to swing tunes.
The prettier fence allows folks on either side of the border to look out over the other side and even to communicate through, but it's tall enough to prevent any clambering over the top.
First, however, it was necessary to free the stuck solar panel, which turned out to be jammed by a metal strap that could only be reached by somehow clambering across the outside of the station where there were neither handholds nor footrests.
With SyncIQ, Isilon has innovated again to bring a level of simplicity and ease of use to the storage industry that customers have been clambering for, and packaged it in a very competitively priced product that requires no consultants to install or manage.
He had climbed out of a top-floor window and over a balustrade before clambering around pillars.
As the lifeboat started a search of the river, crew members who were waiting at the lifeboat station were surprised to see a man clambering on to the station gangway from the rocks under the station jetty.
All I can say is this: it's better than Madonna, Debbie Harry and Julia Roberts clambering over me all at the same time.
In a video posted on the website of the New York Post, he can be seen clambering along a building's fire escape until he reaches a ledge and begins swinging a large fluorescent light tube at officers below.
The burglars escaped with an X-Box by clambering on to the roof and jumping into a neighbouring garden.
In one incident a youth was spotted clambering up scaffolding trying to get into windows and, in another, youths were reported climbing onto the roof of the multi-storey building, off Church Road.
As bystanders cluster nearby, the emergency services take care of business, searching the fields with German shepherds or clambering through the bus as if it were a jungle gym.