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English definition of “claw sth back”

claw sth back

phrasal verb with claw     /klɔː/ US  /klɑː/ verb [I or T]
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 .Giving, bringing or getting back mainly UK 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 .Giving, bringing or getting back
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