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no object, with adverbial of direction Climb or move in an awkward and laborious way, typically using both hands and feet.‘I clambered out of the trench’
scramble, climb, scrabble, move awkwardly, claw one's wayView synonyms
- ‘She said council staff had cut back to a stump a tree that young people were known to climb on as they clambered up the cliff.’
- ‘We finally reached the edge of the deck, where other women and children were clambering aboard the small, slightly rickety looking lifeboat.’
- ‘With a practised flip, he righted the dinghy and held it steady while we clambered aboard.’
- ‘After climbing a fire escape to the first floor, he clambered onto the roof on a set of trade ladders that had been left there.’
- ‘I travelled by foot, by hitch-hiking and by clambering onto the wagons of freight trains.’
- ‘She clambered onto her feet, tidying up the bathroom as fast as she could.’
- ‘The challenging assault course will see the squad scaling 12 ft high walls, balancing on beams and clambering up and over rope cargo nets.’
- ‘He worried and she shrugged in return, clambering to her feet.’
- ‘They moved about a three hundred feet past the deer before they clambered down again.’
- ‘Phillips, 31, remembers crawling through an exit, climbing over a fence and then clambering across a roof beam.’
- ‘I ventured on to the Danube's east bank and clambered aboard a trolleybus bound for City Park.’
- ‘I sighed, then clambered to my feet at a more sedate pace and gathered up my stuff.’
- ‘She leapt to her feet and jumped up behind the man, clambering onto his shoulders, her arms reaching for the sky.’
- ‘I shouted back, clambering to my feet and tying my hair with the first hair band I could find.’
- ‘At the foot of the falls, we clambered out and up, past cascades and pools to the top.’
- ‘As soon as her eyes met mine she looked away, then after that we all clambered out of the car.’
- ‘She managed to struggle free from the car and the suspect clambered into the driver's seat and drove off.’
- ‘Each time, with undue fuss, he clambered to his feet and returned to the fray.’
- ‘Its two back seat occupants clambered out through the car's shattered rear window and ran off.’
- ‘Youths were clambering over barbed wire fences, climbing through skylight windows and running amok in the dark.’
An awkward and laborious climb or movement.‘a clamber up the cliff path’
climb, scaling, conquest, scramble, clamber, trekView synonyms
- ‘A final clamber led to cliff where we could look out to the open sea.’
- ‘Finally, we began the long clamber up and out of the forest.’
- ‘It is worth making a short detour to the shore where, after a tricky clamber, you can explore natural arches.’
- ‘To the left, a clamber up some muddy boulders leads towards Gypsum Cavern.’
- ‘And access via the side door means an undignified clamber over the back.’
- ‘Any remnant of infant energy can be exhausted on a clamber over rustic playground structures.’
Middle English: probably from clamb, obsolete past tense of climb.
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