claw off


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claw off

vb
(Nautical Terms) (adverb, usually tr) nautical to avoid the dangers of (a lee shore or other hazard) by beating
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It was impossible to hoist sail and claw off that shore.
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.
If you simply twist the claw off, you'll likely injure the socket and kill the crab.
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.
They may also think that painlessly clipping the claw off completely would aid the healing process, which is another reason why you need to get your dog checked up quickly.
He was this year but his preparation was bad as he had to have a dew claw off and it wasn't to be."
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.