Definitions

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  • adverb With a clawing motion; with a sharp, raking grip.

Etymologies

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clawing +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Sheen, so breezy and appealing as Tony Blair in "The Queen," here slips smoothly into the role of David Frost, the English talk-show host and infotainment personality who, as portrayed in "Frost/Nixon," is a bit of a fop and a bit of a poseur, but clawingly ambitious at his core.

    Kurt Loder Reviews ‘Frost/Nixon’ » MTV Movies Blog

  • The tribute money you mention, [19] was not as you would clawingly insinuate for no other purpose, than to shew

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • On the other hand, Coal Black's world is swingin, and perhaps just goes to show how clawingly saccharin 'white' culture really was.

    Smashing Telly

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