get (one's) claws into (someone)

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get (one's) claws into (someone)

To exert one's influence over another person. Bobby's new girlfriend must have gotten her claws into him—have you seen the way he's dressing these days?
See also: claw, get

get your claws into someone

1. If someone gets their claws into you, they control or influence you in a selfish way for their own advantage. The Tigers want to get their claws into 20-year old striker Martin Carruthers from Aston Villa. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of get. These people had their claws into him and he didn't know how to get clear of them.
2. If a woman gets her claws into a man, she manages to start a relationship with him. Sadly for Jackie, Amanda got her claws into Gavin first. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of get. She wasted no time in hooking her claws into Des. Note: You usually use this expression in a disapproving way.
See also: claw, get, someone

get your claws into

enter into a possessive relationship with someone (used especially of a woman who dominates or manipulates a man). informal
See also: claw, get

get your ˈclaws into somebody


1 (disapproving) if a woman gets her claws into a man, she tries hard to make him marry her or to have a relationship with her: He was perfectly happy before she got her claws into him!
2 criticize somebody severely: Wait until the media gets its claws into her.
Claws are the sharp curved nails on the end of an animal’s or a bird’s foot.
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Blonde PR and marketing manager Jade English, 25, is also one to watch if she can steer clear of the Mean Girls clique set on getting their claws into the competition.
The chances of the Three Lions getting their claws into Wales youth star Woodburn were categorically ended earlier this month when the 17-yearold made his senior bow against Austria, scoring the superb goal that kept Welsh World Cup hopes alive.
The chances of the Three Lions getting their claws into Wales youth star Woodburn were categorically ended earlier this month when the 17-year-old made his senior bow against Austria, scoring the superb goal that kept Welsh World Cup hopes alive.
Just as Caldy seemed to be getting their claws into the game an interception by Stobart saw him race the length of the field to score a heartbreaking try for the hardworking Caldy.
It's the American speculators who'll ruin the ethical Co-operative after getting their claws into the bank.
before getting their claws into Thistle and ripping their unbeaten record to pieces.
CUTE white lions and Bengali tigers are getting their claws into a major fundraising effort set to help the Severn Valley Railway raise thousands of pounds for repairs.
York diners will be getting their claws into thousands of lobsters
But now the powers of law and order are fighting back and are slowly but surely getting their claws into their prey by using the latest intelligence and working together with similar agencies around the globe.
RINGMASTER Bernie Ecclestone has praised Formula One's young lions for getting their claws into Ferrari.
And while the Cabbge were getting their claws into the overall title race, their 5s&3s squad were lifting themselves into joint top.
However, that hasn't stopped them getting their claws into the Beatles project.
CRUNCHING crabs are getting their claws into the riverbank around the Millennium Dome, it has been revealed.
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