"clawing" in the verb sense
move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
"They clawed their way to the top of the mountain"
clutch as if in panic
"She clawed the doorknob"
scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
attack as if with claws
"The politician clawed his rival"
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