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clamber (KLAMB-uhr, KLAM-uhr) verb intr.

To climb with difficulty, especially on all fours; scramble.

noun

A difficult, awkward climb.

[Middle English clambren, probably frequentative of climben, to climb.]

"This spot probably looked better from the outside, before she clambered in to give birth." Kenneth White, For Mother's Day, Give a Foster Home to a Kitten, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 1999.

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