To claw off

(Naut.) to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore.

See also: Claw

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Trevor Clarke forced Mark McNulty to claw off his line early on before another cross-shot grazed the bar.
SURPRISE STRUGGLERS Preston beat Wigan at the weekend to claw off the foot of the table while Millwall beat Villa to scramble out of the drop spots.
Arturo then headed goalwards only for MacDonald to claw off the line in the 90th minute.
It was a foolish decision as Godin got to the ball first and his header looped over Casillas who couldn't get back in time to claw off the line.
Apparently, the only way to go if you are of the feathered variety, is to claw off the wrapper and get your beak in.
It's a lot for even the most angry child to claw off a parent's hands, and French finds a surprising degree of comic grand guignol in the consequences: One of mom's fingers, for instance, comes off in the dinner.
In betting terms, it is not too jaundiced to regard international friendlies as opportunities to give back to book- makers any money we may have been able to claw off them at other times.
They have won two and drawn two to claw off the bottom and gave leaders Whitehaven a scare before losing 2-1 and then went down 3-0 at Wolviston last week.
There was much greater purpose and menace about Forest's attacking play and David Johnson served notice of what was to come when he put in a cross that goalkeeper Kevin Davis just managed to claw off the head of Jack Leicester.
The table belies an impressive revival in recent weeks that has seen them pick up their first win of the season and another couple of draws to claw off the bottom.