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Thursday, January 08, 2004

clamber

\KLAM-buhr; KLAM-uhr\ , intransitive verb;
1.
To climb with difficulty, or on all fours; to scramble.
noun:
1.
The act of clambering.
Quotes:
At one point a whole horde of them fell over a shallow cliff. Plumes of red dust rose in the air as they struggled to clamber back up.
-- Thomas Beller, The Sleep-Over Artist
It was nature's deep spring of sweet water that he fell into when he was just old enough to say a few words, reaching to retrieve his only toy, a tin cup -- and somehow did not drown but clambered out in time to meet his frantic mother racing down the path.
-- Roy Reed, Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal
They rowed decrepit whaleboats up and down the harbor and clambered up into the rigging of the ships.
-- Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea
He dithered for a moment, during which time Mrs Hardy, wailing like a banshee, rushed from the dining room and clambered clumsily up the stairs.
-- Beryl Bainbridge, Master Georgie
Origin:
Clamber is from Middle English clambren, probably a modification of climben, "to climb."
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