claw off

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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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References in classic literature ?
But if no other will oppose her, I myself and Joan Top here will have the honour of the victory." 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.