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clamber (verb) climb up with great effort, using hands and feet.
When you clamber up a wall or a mountain, you climb up slowly with a lot of effort and with difficulty, especially crawling. 'The commando had no difficulty climbing up the wall of the fort, but the spy who was with him clambered up the wall.' That is, she had difficulty in climbing, her climb was slow and she had to use her hands and feet.
- The scaling of the last ten feet to the peak took the mountaineer two hours. He clambered up the snow-covered rock and his hands got cramps and his feet were numb, as he had to crawl.
- She did not rise to success. It took nearly five years for her to clamber up to the top of stardom.