Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “claw sth back”

See all translations

claw sth back

UK
verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with claw   /klɔː/ us    /klɑː/
to get possession of something again with difficulty: The airline is beginning to claw back some of the business it lost after the bomb explosion. If the government, for example, claws back money, it takes money back in one way that it has already given in another way: We got a government grant for setting up our business, but they clawed it all back again in taxes.
(Definition of claw sth back from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of claw sth back?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “claw sth back” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More