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1. to claw or scratch with the hands and nails
2. to revile; abuse
[C16: perhaps from clapper + claw]
Past participle: clapperclawed
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|Verb||1.||clapperclaw - claw with the nails|
claw - scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
|2.||clapperclaw - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"|
slang - abuse with coarse language
revile, vilify, vituperate, rail - spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
lash out, attack, snipe, assail, assault, round - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
curse - heap obscenities upon; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"