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claw something back

Definition of claw something back in English:

1British Regain a lost advantage or position laboriously and gradually: a hostile majority were committed to clawing back power from the president
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  • However the Wildcats gradually clawed it back and, in the end, it was the superior experience and craft of the Wildcats girls that proved to be the vital difference.
  • We owed £30,000 to the record company for years, but we've finally clawed it back.
  • Point by point they clawed back the deficit and at last drew level with two minutes to go.
2(Of a government) recover money paid out in the form of an allowance or benefit, typically by taxation: the government is trying to claw back the pay rises extracted by workers since deregulation of food prices
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  • The government had promised the lump sum would never push an individual into a higher tax bracket, which could result in 40% of the payment being clawed back.
  • But again this will be clawed back sharply for all but the lowest earners.
  • The silence from high-street tills could prove deafening as that cash is clawed back.
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