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clamp down on

Definition of clamp down on

  1. 1 :  to try harder to punish (people who are doing something that is not legal or proper) <Customs officials are clamping down on smugglers.> <The school should clamp down on students who cut classes.>

  2. 2 :  to work harder to stop (a crime) <The state is clamping down on drug trafficking.>



Word by Word Definitions

clampplay
  1. :  a device designed to bind or constrict or to press two or more parts together so as to hold them firmly

    :  any of various instruments or appliances having parts brought together for holding or compressing something

  1. :  to fasten with or as if with a clamp

    :  to place by decree :  impose

    :  to hold tightly

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. :  down along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. :  to cause to go or come down: as

    :  bring down

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down

    :  a complete play to advance the ball in football

  1. :  a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down


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