claw back

verb
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of claw back

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

clawback

play \ˈklȯ-ˌbak\ noun

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First Known Use of claw back

1953


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