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claw sth back

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phrasal verb with claw uk   /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 ​bombexplosion. If the ​government, for ​example, ​claws back ​money, it ​takesmoney back in one way that it has already given in another way: We got a ​governmentgrant for setting up ​ourbusiness, but they ​clawed it all back again in ​taxes.
(Definition of claw sth back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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claw (sth) back

phrasal verb with claw uk   us   /klɔː/ verb
STOCK MARKET if a ​shareprice claws back, or claws back a particular ​amount, it slowly ​increases after it has gone down: The ​firm clawed back 15p of Monday's 60p ​decline to ​reach 397p. The Mexican ​stockmarket clawed back from early ​losses.
FINANCE if a ​government or ​company claws back ​money it has already ​paid, it ​takes it back: Could it be that the ​present basic ​pension will be ​raised, only to be clawed back in ​tax from the better-off? Policyholders ​voted to ​claw back the ​bonusincomepaid out to the ​directors last ​year
to ​succeed in getting back something that was taken from you: The telecom ​giant clawed back ​marketshare from its ​top two ​competitors.
UK STOCK MARKET to ​offerinvestors who already own ​shares in a ​company the ​right to ​buy some of the ​shares that it has ​offered to new ​investors
(Definition of claw (sth) back from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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