claw (one's) way

claw (one's) way

To do or gain something through intense effort. This phrase is often followed by "back," "into," or "out of." If we score a goal this period, then we have a chance of clawing our way back into this game. I'm broke and homeless—how am I going to claw my way out of this situation?
See also: claw, way

claw your way back, into something, out of something, etc.

gradually achieve something or move somewhere by using a lot of determination and effort: She clawed her way to the top of her profession.Slowly, he clawed his way out from under the collapsed building.
See also: claw, of, out, way