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claw off

To rip or tear something off of someone or something else with one's hands or claws. A noun or pronoun can be used between "claw" and "off." Unfortunately for me, my puppy just loves clawing the upholstery off my couch. The child clawed off the wrapping paper with frantic excitement.
See also: claw, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Even Pat had a ribbon of blue, which he clawed off and lost half an hour after it was tied on him.
Following this, Bakayogo's excellent delivery into the area was attacked by Smith, who saw his effort dramatically clawed off the line by the County keeper.
Leahy was at the centre of much of Walsall's attacking threat and a vicious curling corner was clawed off the line by Bonham, while a free-kick also tested the keeper, who turned it over for a corner.
O'Hara thought he'd levelled in 67 but his header from Aurtenetxe's cross was clawed off the line by Marciano.
He had already put a header against the bar and seen it clawed off the line before he hit top gear and bagged a first-half treble.
Mickey Demetriou, Ben White and Mark O'Brien also had efforts clawed off the line as Grimsby just about held on until half-time.
And in the 38th minute the German goalkeeper denied Blues again as Maghoma's drive from just inside the area was clawed off the line.
Burly Mitrovic, a Newcastle cult hero, did even better from a Yedlin cross, a firm header being clawed off the line by Maxwell.
Barca also started brightly with Gerard Pique seeing a header clawed off the line by Granada keeper, Andres Fernandez, who then tipped a Messi shot over the bar.
PHOTO FINISH Smith's header is clawed off the line in the final moments
Coventry don't score many goals from corners or from their centrehalves at said set-pieces, but Jordan Clarke went close to bucking that trend when he got his head to Carl Baker's 54th minute flag kick which Richard O'Donnell somehow clawed off the line but only into the path of Moussa who slotted home the loose ball to notch his seventh goal of the season.
Against City, Smithies clawed off the line a second-half Sam Baldock shot and then parried a Stephen McManus effort in stoppage time.
Jonas was left to rue his side's luck - not least when Papiss Cisse saw his chance clawed off the line by David de Gea in the same incident that saw Demba Ba strike the woodwork.
Late on his first header was clawed off the line but he had the experience to thump home the rebound.
On top of this, last February the Welsh Government had clawed off them by the Treasury a capital fund of some pounds 400m, which they had carefully saved from revenue to help fund additional capital spending.