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

Definition of clampdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Examples of clampdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Beijing has appeared to ease its clampdown on video game makers by green-lighting 172 game titles since April, after an eight-month freeze on video game approvals. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 13 July 2022 Over the year Baidu’s stock has primarily fallen as China continues its regulatory clampdown. Trefis Team, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Pinduoduo’s overseas expansion comes at a time when China’s economic slowdown, worsened by Beijing’s stringent Covid-19 control measures, has rippled through a tech sector already grappling with the aftermath of a regulatory clampdown. Raffaele Huang, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 The regulatory clampdown is not without cause: Last month, NHTSA reported traffic fatalities nationwide hit a 16-year high in 2021 after 42,915 people lost their lives last year. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 10 June 2022 Liu has also recently made headlines for pledging billions of dollars to charity amid China's regulatory clampdown on tech. Michelle Toh, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 The clampdown comes as China's central bank has been testing its own digital currency, the electronic Chinese yuan. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 25 Sep. 2021 In recent months, China has embarked on a major clampdown on private enterprise, which has engulfed some of the country's top players. Cnn Staff, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 While Chinese leaders have always maintained strict controls on the country’s media, the latest clampdown is significant for its timing, media scholars and analysts said. Liza Lin, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clampdown


1940, in the meaning defined above


1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Clampdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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