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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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Unperturbed, Lenny continued with his anecdotes before beginning his lobster dissecting tutorial, saying: "Break the claws off throw that bit away get stuck right in there, but don't beat it up."
"I broke the legs and claws off the body, which I left whole, so they could all share the pieces out and they soon got to work smashing them open.
WATFORD boss Quique Sanchez Flores has told predators to keep their claws off Odion Ighalo - and shrugged: "I'm not scared about losing him."
I've found that breaking really huge claws off and cooking them separately allows for less cooking time and more tender meat, especially in lobsters more than 10 pounds.
Twist the claws off then break them open, trying to keep the lobster meat as whole as possible and save all the lobster shell.
Hardly the talk of a man expecting to take Woods down the stretch on Sunday, or believing he can keep the Tiger's claws off the US Open title Ogilvie will be defending in June.
``They have then used a piece of concrete to smash the beak and claws off.
When he claws off the gooey mask, he's left with strange Pagliacci-meets-a-raccoon burn marks that prevent him from being recognized.
Next, twist the claws off and snap between your hands.
The minute your lover realised she couldn't keep her claws off you, she should have finished with the other guy.
I told her to keep her claws off my boy, but she told me to get lost.
Whatever you do, you have to keep your claws off your daughter's boyfriend.
She wants me to talk to this woman and tell her to keep her claws off dad, but I am reluctant.