paw

Part of speech: verb

To scrape or strike with the forefoot; touch with the paws.

Part of speech: noun

The foot or hand of an animal having nails or claws.

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Usage examples "paw":

  1. Turning round, he saw Dash lying in a chair near the fire- place, who reared his head, and the ring of the bell- pull hanging close by, he put his paw in it. - "Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals", R. Lee.
  2. And Laura was peculiarly helpless under such circumstances: if it was done with tact, and with a certain assumed warmth of manner, anyone could make a cat's- paw of her. - "The Getting of Wisdom", Henry Handel Richardson.
  3. When he arrived there, he found himself a mere cat's- paw for recovering that kingdom for an incapable boy, whom he believed to have no right to the throne at all. - "Hereward, The Last of the English", Charles Kingsley.