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Definition of claw back phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

claw back

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1to get something back that you have lost, usually by using a lot of effort The company is trying to claw back its share of the market. Newcastle managed to claw a goal back.
  2. 2(of a government) to get back money that has been paid to people, usually by taxing them The Chancellor is expected to claw back £2.8 billion in the budget. related noun clawback
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