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 clawback (audio) \ noun

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Then in February, DeSantis retracted 169 more Scott appointments, this time clawing back appointments Scott made as far back as March 2018, the end of the previous legislative session. Gray Rohrer,, "Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked out 215 of Rick Scott’s appointments, but 157 didn’t go anywhere," 1 July 2019 Producers have to worry about two main things — covering weekly running costs and clawing back their original investments. Chris Jones,, "Can a show like the Cubs musical ‘Miracle’ make money in this town?," 25 June 2019 Wells Fargo has removed the sales goals that drove employees to create fake accounts and clawed back millions in pay from senior executives. Matt Egan, CNN, "Startup bank Aspiration is trying to be the anti-Wells Fargo. It's working," 25 June 2019 Shareholders filed proposals asking Alphabet management to scrap noncompete agreements, claw back compensation from executives who were found to have harassed employees and put an employee representative on its board. Gerrit De Vynck,, "Alphabet is under pressure from protesters at its annual meeting," 19 June 2019 Aside from a resolution of disapproval, other lawmakers have argued that Congress should pass legislation that would claw back tariff authority from the executive branch. Anchorage Daily News, "Republican lawmakers discuss vote to block new Trump tariffs on Mexico," 4 June 2019 Earnings strength has assuaged the worries that beset investors late last year, helping stocks claw back from their December drop. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "The Dreaded Earnings Slowdown Is Here," 11 Feb. 2019 The Assad regime faces two tasks, neither easy: stabilizing, governing, and reconstructing the regions under its dominion; and clawing back the rest of the country. Charles Glass, The New York Review of Books, "Syria: A Savage Peace," 7 Feb. 2019 The team flatten out the rest of the way as the Cubs clawed back for the win. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "Miami dropped two games against the Cubs. Can it avoid the sweep before coming home? | Miami Herald," 9 May 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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