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get (one's) claws out

1. Literally, of an animal, to prepare for an attack or for defense by protracting or displaying its claws. I hate my neighbor's cat, it always gets its claws out when I go near it.
2. By extension, to become particularly aggressive, especially in preparation for a confrontation. (Most often said of a woman.) Jenny had her claws out after she found out Mary had been spreading rumors about her in school.
See also: claw, get, out

cat's claw

An herb with medicinal properties commonly found in South America and Asia. A: "I'm really not feeling well today." B: "Let me make you a remedy with cat's claw and some other herbs."
See also: claw

claw me, claw thee

Help me, and I'll help you. A phrase used to describe a reciprocal relationship. After how much you helped me with the budget, of course I'll work with you to finish the project! Claw me, claw thee!
See also: claw, thee

get (one's) claws into

To exert one's influence over another person. Bobby's new girlfriend must have gotten her claws into him—have you seen the way he's dressing these days?
See also: claw, get

claw off

To rip or tear something off of someone or something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "claw" and "off." Unfortunately for me, my puppy just loves clawing the upholstery off my couch.
See also: claw, off

claw (one's) way (somewhere)

To physically exert oneself to reach a particular destination. We had to claw our way through dense brush to reach the river.
See also: claw, way

claw (one's) way to the top

To reach the highest level of something through unscrupulous methods. She clawed her way to the top, sabotaging everyone in her path—I see no honor in that.
See also: claw, top, way

claw (one's) way back from (something)

To work hard to regain something after a significant loss or setback. He'll have to claw his way back from that serious injury if he wants to be our starting quarterback next season.
See also: back, claw, way

claw one's way to the top

Fig. to climb to the most prestigious level of something ruthlessly. He was the type of hard-hitting guy who claws his way to the top. She clawed her way to the top, fighting at every step.
See also: claw, top, way

claw something off someone or something

 and claw something off
to rip or tear something off from someone or something. We saw a guy clawing his burning clothes off himself. He clawed off his burning clothes.
See also: claw, off

one's claws are showing

one is acting catty; one is saying spiteful and cruel things. Gloria: Did you see what she was wearing? I wouldn't be caught dead in it! Sally: Gloria, my dear, your claws are showing.
See also: claw, showing

claw your way somewhere

to use all your energy and determination to achieve something Little by little, the county is clawing its way out of the damage caused by the flood. She clawed her way to the top of the company.
See also: claw, way

claw your way back from something

if you claw your way back from a bad situation, you succeed in improving your situation again by making a big effort They clawed their way back from almost certain defeat to win by a single point.
See also: back, claw, way

get her claws into somebody

  (informal)
if a woman gets her claws into a man, she manages to start a relationship with him, often because she wants to control him or get something from him If she gets her claws into that young man she'll ruin his political career.
See also: claw, get

get your claws into somebody

  (informal)
to find a way of influencing or controlling someone If the loan company gets its claws into you, you'll still be paying off this debt when you're 50.
See also: claw, get

fight tooth and claw/nail

to fight very hard to achieve something (often + to do sth) We fought tooth and nail to retain our share of the business.
See also: and, claw, fight, tooth
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A new study using preserved museum specimens of free-living African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) collected in California finds that three out of 23 carried the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
The trade in African clawed frogs has clearly helped move the fungus around the world, says Matthew Fisher of the Imperial College School of Public Health in London.
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pneumoniae in a commercial colony of African clawed frogs (Xenopus tropicalis).
A spokeswoman said the cash from disability claims over a five-year period had to be clawed back otherwise they were being compensated twice.
Bloomberg reports that a survey by Mercer, found that about 17 percent of global banks had clawed back compensation in 2011.
Any treasury shares not clawed back by eligible shareholders will be acquired by EFG Bank European Financial Group.
The Chinese say it's the year of the rabbit, but for medicine and biology it may be the year of the African clawed frog.
Because the African clawed frog is one of the oldest frog species, he suspects that its skin neurochemicals, like the antimicrobial peptides found this summer, represent a primitive chemical defense system against predators.
Thirty feet long, 15 feet tall on its hind legs and weighing nearly 2 tons, the clawed B.