CLA’WBACK. n.s. [from claw and back.] A flatterer; a syco-
phant; a wheedler. The pope’s clawbacks. Jewel.

1 Response to “CLA’WBACK. n.s.”

  1. 1 Vance February 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    The reference appears to be to Bishop Jewel’s Apology for the Church of England. According to the preface, the word is actually due to Lady Anne Bacon, who translated the book from the Latin.

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