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A sharp, slender, usually curved nail on the toe of an animal.
[L. clavus, a nail]
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1. A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
a. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.
b. One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.
c. A limb terminating in such a structure.
tr. & intr.v. clawed, clawing, claws
To scratch, dig, tear, or pull with the claws or fingernails.

clawed adj.
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When he was jailed for five years, prosecutors hoped to claw back the cash he made from trafficking.
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The OST credit, the National Child Benefit Supplement have been of value to low income working families but of no value to families dependent upon social assistance because most provinces claw back these amounts when calculating welfare payments.
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Band and provincial governments are allowed to claw back the benefit to women who receive social assistance if they spend the clawed-back money on programs to assist low-income children.