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claw

1. a curved pointed horny process on the end of each digit in birds, some reptiles, and certain mammals
2. a corresponding structure in some invertebrates, such as the pincer of a crab
3. Botany the narrow basal part of certain petals and sepals

claw

[klȯ]
(anatomy)
A sharp, slender, curved nail on the toe of an animal, such as a bird.
(design engineering)
A fork for removing nails or spikes.
(invertebrate zoology)
A sharp-curved process on the tip of the limb of an insect.
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Some pounds 65bn has been paid out in tax credits since 2003, but high levels of error and fraud and harsh procedures for clawing back overpayments have left some recipients wishing they had never got involved in the scheme at all, said the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
A national newspaper said yesterday MGR Capital, a subsidiary of Phoenix Venture Holdings, had had its balance sheet boosted after clawing back pounds 16 million from HM Revenue & Customs following a change in the VAT laws affecting car leasing.
There is a Dutch saying that 'God made the world, but the Dutch made the Netherlands', clawing back land from the watery grasp of the North Sea and the Rhine.