have got one's claws into

Definition of have got one's claws into

:to have control over (someone)
  • They've only been dating for a few months and already she's got her claws into him!

Word by Word Definitions

got
  1. : past tense and past participle of get

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

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

  3. : one of the pincerlike organs terminating some limbs of various arthropods (such as a lobster or scorpion)

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

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


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