claw one's way

Definition of claw one's way

  1. :  to move ahead slowly by grabbing onto things <The climbers clawed their way up the steep terrain.> —often used figuratively <The company is clawing its way out of bankruptcy.> <He clawed his way to the top of his profession.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a sharp usually slender and curved nail on the toe of an animal

    :  any of various sharp curved processes especially at the end of a limb (as of an insect)

    :  a limb ending in such a process

  1. :  to rake, seize, dig, or progress with or as if with claws

    :  to scrape, scratch, dig, or pull with or as if with claws

  1. :  a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

    :  an opening for passage

    :  the course traveled from one place to another :  route

  1. :  of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. :  by a long distance :  to a considerable degree or extent :  far

    :  by far :  much

    :  very

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