(Of a government) recover money disbursed in the form of an allowance or benefit, typically by taxation.
- 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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