[ klaw-bak ]
/ ˈklɔˌbæk /


the recovery of previously dispensed or protected money or benefits through a contractual provision or tax law, typically triggered to counter a shortfall in financial performance or offset a liability (often used attributively): One executive’s clawback exceeded fifty million dollars.Most public companies have clawback provisions, but boards choose not to invoke them.

verb phrase claw back [klaw-bak] /ˈklɔ ˈbæk/

to require the return of (money or benefits): The government will claw back subsidy payments from households in the higher of the two income brackets.
to recover (a previously held asset or status) with substantial effort: The reigning champions were unable to claw back a playoff berth after their dismal regular season.



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Origin of clawback

First recorded in 1950–55; def. 1 derives from the verb phrase claw back (in the sense “to take back by great effort over a period of time”) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for clawback

claw back

verb (tr, adverb)

to get back (something) with difficulty
to recover (a sum of money), esp by taxation or a penalty

noun clawback

the recovery of a sum of money, esp by taxation or a penalty
the sum so recovered
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