claw off

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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 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
References in classic literature ?
Having thus said, she flew at Molly Seagrim, and easily wrenched the thigh-bone from her hand, at the same time clawing off her cap from her head.
With six minutes remaining, John Kavanagh's cross was sliced by Hugh Douglas with Stephen McGuinness clawing off a crowded goalline.
European equities shrugged off a sharp sell-off in Asian and US markets overnight, clawing off one-month lows and led by eurozone banks, seen as the big winners of the European Central Bank's measures to prop up inflation and kick-start growth.
YOU WOULD be loosening your bonnet and clawing off your corset if this were 1847, for matters between the plain Jane Eyre and the brooding Edward Rochester have just taken smouldering turn.