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clapperclaw

/ˈklæpəˌklɔː/
verb (transitive) (archaic)
1.
to claw or scratch with the hands and nails
2.
to revile; abuse
Derived Forms
clapperclawer, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from clapper + claw
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v.

"to fight at arm's length with the hands and nails," 1590s, from clap (v.) + claw (v.). Related: Clapperclawed; clapperclawing.

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