clamp·​down | \ ˈklamp-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce clampdown (audio) \

Definition of clampdown

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: the act or action of making regulations and restrictions more stringent a clampdown on charge accounts, bank loans, and other inflationary influencesTime

clamp down

clamped down; clamping down; clamps down

Definition of clamp down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to impose restrictions : crack down the police are clamping down on speeders

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Examples of clampdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite the recent social media clampdown, QArmyJapanFlynn members alleged their numbers have increased more than ten times to 1,000 members during the pandemic. Emiko Jozuka, Selina Wang And Junko Ogura, CNN, "Japan's QAnon disciples aren't letting Trump's loss quash their mission," 23 Apr. 2021 The violent clampdown continued Monday as government forces confronted demonstrators who sought to celebrate last week's formation of a shadow government by opponents of the junta. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, "Former UN leader presses for 'strong action' on Myanmar," 19 Apr. 2021 Unemployment: The number of new unemployment claims hit a five-month low in Ohio last week, suggesting both an improvement in the state economy and a clampdown on fraudulent claims. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Rail advocates want Amtrak station moved back to Tower City: The Wake Up for Friday, April 16, 2021," 16 Apr. 2021 The pandemic and the Trump administration’s immigration clampdown had made travel home to Honduras impossible. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "'Everyone wants to come': Why so many Central Americans are crossing the border," 20 Mar. 2021 The episode comes at a time of elevated uncertainty over Hong Kong’s status as a premier financial hub, after a nearly yearlong Chinese government clampdown on freedoms in the former British colony. Fortune, "Hong Kong’s unusually strict quarantine rules rattle its banker community," 19 Mar. 2021 They have been riled, too, by China’s clampdown in Hong Kong and its growing challenge to liberal norms globally. The Economist, "Will countries boycott China’s Olympics in 2022?," 27 Mar. 2021 In February, Canada’s House of Commons voted overwhelmingly to call China’s treatment of the Uyghurs a genocide, while Ottawa has also criticized China’s clampdown in Hong Kong. New York Times, "Second Canadian Is Tried in China on Spying Charges," 22 Mar. 2021 China’s clampdown on Hong Kong, repression of Muslims in Xinjiang and aggressive behavior with its neighbors. William Mauldin, WSJ, "Bitter Alaska Meeting Complicates Already Shaky U.S.-China Ties," 19 Mar. 2021

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1940, in the meaning defined above


1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clampdown was in 1938

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6 May 2021

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“Clampdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clampdown

: an increased effort to make sure that people obey laws and rules

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