The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Claw \Claw\ (kl[add]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clawed (kl[add]d);
p. pr. & vb. n. Clawing.] [AS. clawan. See Claw, n.]
1. To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or
2. To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching;
to tickle; hence, to flatter; to court. [Obs.]
Rich men they claw, soothe up, and flatter; the poor
they contemn and despise. --Holland.
3. To rail at; to scold. [Obs.]
In the aforesaid preamble, the king fairly claweth
the great monasteries, wherein, saith he, religion,
thanks be to God, is right well kept and observed;
though he claweth them soon after in another
acceptation. --T. Fuller
Claw me, claw thee, stand by me and I will stand by you; --
an old proverb. --Tyndale.
To claw away, to scold or revile. "The jade Fortune is to
be clawed away for it, if you should lose it."
To claw (one) on the back, to tickle; to express
approbation. (Obs.) --Chaucer.
To claw (one) on the gall, to find fault with; to vex.