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beat claw clutch dab grab grasp hack hammer jab knock lap paw pluck poke prod pull slash snatch stab swing swipe tap tear thrash tug yank hack away hit out lash out strike out
II.8 The 'prod' and 'pull' groupThese verbs are concerned with touching something. This includes:
hitting something or trying to hit it
grasping something or trying to grasp it
Graham clawed at the chain as it dug into his neck but he could make no impression on Lemmer's stranglehold.
I knocked at the front door.
Her announcement was intended to make a forceful impact but she was totally unprepared when Ricky immediately lashed out at her with his fists.
Cathy was prodding at a boiled egg, staring into space.
'Maria?' he said again and pulled at her wrist.