claw back


Definition of claw back 

transitive verb

chiefly British

: to get back (something, such as money) by strenuous or forceful means (such as taxation)

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Other Words from claw back

clawback \ˈklȯ-​ˌbak \ noun

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Most of all: Why didn’t anyone go to prison, or at least see their compensation clawed back, especially former CEO Kerry Killinger? Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Assessing the fall of 2008 and beyond: From weeks of fear to the rise of Trump," 25 Sep. 2018 But Beijing is clawing back against new U.S. tariffs, slapping an additional 25 percent levy on U.S. lobster. Fox News, "Maine's lobster industry fears US-China trade war will hurt business," 25 July 2018 The Dow clawed back some ground in the final minutes of trading and closed the day down 1.7 percent, or 424 points. Washington Post,, "Stocks slide after a comment from a Caterpillar executive rattles the market," 24 Apr. 2018 The Indians gradually clawed back and led briefly in the second quarter before a layup by Miller gave Newport a three-point lead in the locker room, 33-30. James Weber,, "Parker Zimmerman's free throws send Holy Cross to Ninth Region semifinals against Dixie Heights," 28 Feb. 2018 Read More: South Africa’s Steinhoff claws back from cliff’s edge KAP has been hiring Steinhoff staff to work in its new separate corporate services unit, Chaplin said. Janice Kew,, "South Africa's KAP Distances Itself From Embattled Steinhoff," 13 Feb. 2018 The Trump tariffs are now clawing back tax savings at a rate of roughly $10.6 billion per year. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Trump Plots to Erase His Tax Cut," 27 June 2018 Schwartzman, previously 1-for-8 on break point opportunities in the match, clawed back and broke Anderson twice in a row to sneak away with the third set. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "2018 French Open: Diego Schwartzman Stands Tall," 4 June 2018 The Dow clawed back some ground in the final minutes of trading and closed the day down 1.7 percent, or 424 points. Thomas Heath,, "'High-water mark' comment from Caterpillar executive spooks investors," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of claw back

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of claw back was in 1953

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