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clamber in(to something)

To climb into something in a lumbering or uncoordinated manner. The bus swayed as the boys clambered into it, whooping and laughing. I opened the door of the van, and everyone tried to clamber in at once.
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clamber on

To climb on(to something) in a lumbering or uncoordinated manner. The bus swayed as the boys clambered on, whooping and laughing the whole time. I clambered on the table to change the lightbulb.
See also: clamber, on

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.
See also: clamber, up
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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.
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.
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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.
When coastguard teams arrived, they found it had managed to swim to shore before clambering onto an isolated rock - from which they were unable to carry out a rescue operation.
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After the clambering excesses of the 1980s, it might be claimed that Melbourne could not readily accommodate further high buildings.