- claw claw [klɔː ǁ klɒː] verbclaw back phrasal verb1. [transitive] claw something → back FINANCE if a company claws back shares, it takes back new shares that it had offered to its present shareholders, but they do not want to buy, and offers them to other investors:
• Shares worth £800 million have been set aside for new investors, rising to £1.2 billion if extra shares are clawed back from the members' offer.2. [transitive] claw something → back if an authority claws back money from someone, it gets back money previously received by that person:
• If partners' earnings for the two years before the collapse of the partnership were judged excessive, then they could be clawed back to help pay debts.3. [intransitive, transitive] claw something → back FINANCE if a financial market or something traded on one claws back to a previous level, its value slowly goes back up to that level after a fall:
• Telecom shares have now clawed back 40 cents from their low of NZ$7.70 hit last Tuesday.
• Wall Street clawed back early losses to end the morning comfortably higher.
* * *claw UK US /klɔː/ verb● claw your way (somewhere) — Cf. claw your way somewhere
Financial and business terms. 2012.