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Recoup   /rɪkˈup/   Listen

Reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss.  Synonym: reimburse.
Regain or make up for.  Synonyms: recover, recuperate.
Retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments.  Synonyms: deduct, withhold.

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... entire freedom, the sauntering about the streets, the walks in the public gardens.... To be sure, she had spent more money during her stay than she could afford; two dozen lessons to the Mahlmann twins would not recoup her the outlay.... And now, here she had to come back again to her relations, to give music lessons, and really it might even be necessary to look about for fresh pupils, for her accounts would not balance at all that year!... Ah, what ...
— Bertha Garlan • Arthur Schnitzler

... public service is rotten with corruption. Offices with merely nominal salaries or none at all are usually bought by the payment of a heavy bribe and held for a term of three years, during which the incumbent seeks not only to recoup himself but to make as large an additional sum as possible. As the weakness of the Government and the absence of an outspoken public press leave them free from restraint, China is the very paradise of embezzlers. ...
— An Inevitable Awakening • ARTHUR JUDSON BROWN

... thoroughly have political machines entrenched themselves that it is often practically useless for any one to oppose the machine candidate. Appointees receive their positions for "political services" rendered, or in return for a "campaign contribution" for which they may hope to recoup themselves when in office. To destroy utterly this political "graft" will be impossible until human nature becomes more generally moralized; but to render it more difficult and less common is the purpose of a number of measures, of which we ...
— Problems of Conduct • Durant Drake

... trinketry from a harpy class of West End tradespeople, who speculated in Lady Judith's beauty as they might have done in some hazardous but hopeful stock; counting it almost a certainty that she would make a splendid match and recoup them all. ...
— Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5 • Various

... paying the landlord in stock, though at that time Irish Land Stock with a face value of L100 became worth as much as L114. The exchequer was, moreover, permitted to retain grants due for various purposes in Ireland and to recoup itself out of them in case of any combined refusal to repay on ...
— Against Home Rule (1912) - The Case for the Union • Various

... you and me," said Leonard, seriously, "I should be surprised if it does. You see, I haven't yet scraped through the Final; they're making the beastly exam. stiffer every year. No, it isn't to that quarter I look to recoup myself for the ...
— Children of the Ghetto • I. Zangwill

... dozen whites could do nothing against Ambrose's strong party. Colina herself had suffered a moral defeat, and required time to recoup ...
— The Fur Bringers - A Story of the Canadian Northwest • Hulbert Footner

... (reconstruction) 660; reparation, atonement; compensation, indemnification. release, replevin [Law], redemption; recovery &c (getting back) 775; remitter, reversion. V. return, restore; give back, carry back, bring back; render, render up; give up; let go, unclutch; disgorge, regorge^; regurgitate; recoup, reimburse, compensate, indemnify; remit, rehabilitate; repair &c (make good) 660. reinvest, revest, reinstate. redeem, recover &c (get back) 775; take back again. revest, revert. Adj. restoring &c v.; recuperative &c ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... much exhausted and the rare air and the intense cold were giving him no chance to recoup. This was no place to make camp. The tiny cedar offered neither shelter from the wind nor an adequate amount of fuel. And up here, in this hostile loneliness, his anxiety over Judith returned threefold. Strong as she was, clever as she was, she ...
— Judith of the Godless Valley • Honore Willsie

... the Reformation, ever more to bend before the might of the Princes, and rendered ever more dependent upon these through court offices and military posts, the nobility now sought to recoup itself double and threefold with the robbery of peasant estates for the injury it had sustained at the hand of the Princes. The Reformation offered the Princes the desired pretext to appropriate the rich Church estates, which ...
— Woman under socialism • August Bebel

... Americans had no fleet, and were consequently unable to protect their sea-board. Their alliance with France and subsequently with Spain brought them, along with other help, the sea-power without which the issue of the struggle might well have been adverse to them. France and Spain hoped to recoup themselves for former losses, France by conquests in the West Indies, Spain by regaining Gibraltar, Minorca, and Jamaica. In 1775 an agent of the French court went over to America with offers of help, and early in 1776 the ...
— The Political History of England - Vol. X. • William Hunt

... of the dead bull. Then the old hunter's instinct began to stir. All about him, in every momentary lull of the wind, were snortings and heavy breathings. He had wandered into the midst of the exhausted herd. Here was a chance to recoup himself, in some small part, for the loss of his cabin and supplies. He could kill a few of the helpless animals, hide them in the snow, and take the bearings of the spot as soon as the weather cleared. By and ...
— The Backwoodsmen • Charles G. D. Roberts

... merits of the transaction or determine the reasonableness of the price paid for the articles purchased, nor does he furnish any substantial check upon disbursing officers and the heads of departments or bureaus with sufficient promptness to enable the Government to recoup itself in full measure for unlawful expenditure. A careful plan is being devised and will be presented to Congress with the recommendation that the force of auditors and employees under them be greatly reduced, ...
— Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present • Various

... would terminate amicably, but, possibly owing to the reputation of Watson and Clive, who had so long fought against the French,[82] they thought it likely that, if the English demanded compensation for their losses, the Nawab would allow them to recoup themselves by seizing the French Settlements. M. Renault, therefore, wrote to Law to make sure that, in any treaty between the Nawab and the English, an article should be inserted providing for the neutrality of the Ganges; ...
— Three Frenchmen in Bengal - The Commercial Ruin of the French Settlements in 1757 • S.C. Hill

... player, fired by the false stimulation of Rocket's bad whiskey, he began to plunge to recoup himself, and, as ever happens in such circumstances, he got deeper into the mire. At first these heavy losses had a salutary effect upon him, and he would "hit the trail" for the hills, and once more ply his trade ...
— The One-Way Trail - A story of the cattle country • Ridgwell Cullum

... which the he knew to be worthless before he started it. From these data I infer that the Western Union owes me 75 cents; that is to say, the amount paid for combined wire and land transportation —a recoup provided for in the printed paragraph ...
— Innocents abroad • Mark Twain

Words linked to "Recoup" :   get, dock, recompense, withhold, acquire, compensate, deduct, keep, recover, remunerate, make up, hold on, catch up with

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