claw back

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)

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Other Words from claw back

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

Examples of claw back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Subsequent reports of other alleged activities—partly fueled by the bar on the top floor of the company’s Chicago headquarters—compelled the board to take the unusual step of suing the ex-CEO to claw back his compensation. David Meyer, Fortune, "The saga of McDonald’s and former CEO Steve Easterbrook," 6 Apr. 2021 That appears not to include, however, the swift legislation action that Patrick has requested – passing a bill to claw back about $4.2 billion in charges. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "House panel OKs storm bills to require weatherizing Texas power plants, revamping grid management," 18 Mar. 2021 Consumer groups and retail electric providers have called for the state to claw back $16 billion, lowering bills in the process. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Texas Lt. Governor Calls for Reversal of $16 Billion Blackout Overcharges," 8 Mar. 2021 The Redhawks hadn’t scored a field goal in more than seven game-time minutes, and head coach Ross Reedy had no answers for the pesky and aggressive trap defense Cooper turned to in the second half to claw back into back into the game. Dallas News, "Redhawks (still) balling! Frisco Liberty extends playoff win streak to 13 games, advances to state final," 7 Mar. 2021 The former president has already weighed in on some races, as House and Senate Republicans look to claw back control of either chamber in 2022. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden follows his party; Trump rules Republicans with iron fist," 4 Mar. 2021 But the Thunder, forced to claw back, did just that through persistent backcourt pressure and steals. Eric Butler | Special To The Tribune, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Davis fulfills promise with win over Westlake in 6A boys’ championship game," 6 Mar. 2021 The rally helped the 10-year Treasury yield claw back some of its recent slide. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Weeklong rally takes a pause, with stocks still on track for best week since April," 6 Nov. 2020 As the Magic attempted to claw back from of a 18-point halftime deficit, Ennis provided a spark, hitting two 3-pointers and dropping 11 points in the third quarter. Julia Poe,, "Magic can’t keep up with Nets, suffer ugly road loss," 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of claw back

1953, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Claw back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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