claw away

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claw away

1. To scratch or tear continuously with or as with claws. The kitten looked so cute, but it clawed away at my face the moment I picked it up.
2. To remove or tear away something with a violent tearing action, as with claws. A noun or pronoun can be used between "claw" and "away." The children clawed away the wrapping paper on their presents.
3. obsolete To berate, rebuke, or criticize someone very harshly or scornfully. A noun or pronoun can be used between "claw" and "away." I'd say that you were fully deserving of that clawing away, given your reprehensible behavior.
See also: away, claw
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