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    clawed at the door zippe

    We managed to get a roaring fire going in spite of the icy wind...A spark from the campfire had ignited our tent, and now it was collapsing on us. Blindly, I clawed at the door zipper. When I finally made it out, I saw...

    Does "claw at something" mean "grasp it" or "scratch it"?

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    Re: clawed at the door zippe

    not a teacher

    To me, this suggests that the speaker was not able to see the zipper well enough to grasp it cleanly. So he grabbed at it with a desperate clawing action, trying to get hold of it.

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