Claw your way back, into something, out of something, etc. - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
claw your way back, into something, out of something, etc.
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?
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.