claw back

verb
clawed back; clawing back; claws back

Definition of claw back

transitive verb

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

Other Words from claw back

clawback \ ˈklȯ-​ˌbak How to pronounce claw back (audio) \ noun

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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claw-and-ball foot

claw back

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“Claw back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claw%20back. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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