Definition of claw something back in English:

claw something back

phrasal verb

  • (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.’
    • ‘The silence from high-street tills could prove deafening as that cash is clawed back.’
    • ‘Tax cuts can be clawed back, but spending can't so easily.’
    • ‘Councillors are now demanding to know why the massive overpayments of housing and council tax benefits have occurred and why only a third of the money has been clawed back by the council.’
    • ‘But again this will be clawed back sharply for all but the lowest earners.’