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claw back

verb (transitive, adverb)
to get back (something) with difficulty
to recover (a sum of money), esp by taxation or a penalty
the recovery of a sum of money, esp by taxation or a penalty
the sum so recovered
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  • However, Amanda had a temper of her own, and she could claw back.

    The Copy-Cat and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Some of these old fellows can claw back to the top o' the hill after all the doctors in creation have thrown up their hands.

    The Price Francis Lynde

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