Translation of claw in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /klɔː/


  • 1.1 (of tiger, lion) zarpa (feminine), garra (feminine); (of eagle) garra (feminine) to get one's claws into sb [colloquial/familiar] he won't stand a chance if she gets her claws into him es hombre muerto si cae en sus garras the critics have got their claws into him los críticos se le han echado encima or se han encarnizado con él
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    • Stalls sold everything from dried lizards and birds' claws to spanners, nails and toothpaste.
    • The limbs are only moderately long, and the feet are narrow, with four main digits and short claws.
    • Lured into a folk chemist, I ducked beneath lizard claws and snake skins, dodged the birds' feet and goat horns.
    1.2 (of crab, lobster) pinza (feminine)
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    • Please find attached two pictures that I took of a crab with four pincers on the one claw.
    • In some species, large males may use their major claw to kill smaller crabs.
    • They look like scorpions without tail or claws, and they live from animals' droppings.
    1.3 (of hammer) boca (feminine) sacaclavos; (of excavator) cuchara (feminine)
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    • This he replaced with a mechanical claw plated with a non-tarnishing gold alloy.
    • It took the huge mechanical claw of a giant bulldozer just 35 minutes to crush it to a pile of dust.
    • They resembled green humanoid lizards, except for the black bodysuits and mechanical claws.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • the cat had clawed the rug to shreds el gato había destrozado la alfombra con las uñas to claw one's way they clawed their way through the wreckage of the plane se abrieron camino como pudieron entre los restos del avión he clawed his way to the top no reparó en medios para llegar a la cima

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • arañarto claw at sth she clawed at his face trató de arañarle la cara the cat's clawing at the door el gato está arañando la puerta he clawed at the branch as he fell intentó agarrarse de la rama al caer

Phrasal verbs

claw back

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico)
[money/revenue] recuperar

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