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clamp·​down ˈklamp-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce clampdown (audio)
: the act or action of making regulations and restrictions more stringent
a clampdown on charge accounts, bank loans, and other inflationary influencesTime

clamp down

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clamped down; clamping down; clamps down

intransitive verb

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

Examples of clampdown in a Sentence

Verb the need to clamp down on petty crime in the city
Recent Examples on the Web
The incoming government will have to stick to the agreement reached by the four parties, which aims for a clampdown on immigration and exceptions on EU asylum and environmental rules. Reuters, CNN, 2 July 2024 The Conservatives also plan to launch a non-dom clampdown, which opponents say is a mistake. Sydney Lake, Fortune Europe, 18 June 2024
Meanwhile, authorities were working to clamp down on blazes across New Mexico and Washington. Christopher Cann, USA TODAY, 27 June 2024 The European Union’s drug regulator urged countries to clamp down on cosmetic use of powerful drugs for weight loss and diabetes, saying that patients who need the medicines most must get priority as shortages continue. Alena Botros, Fortune Europe, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for clampdown 

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Word History

First Known Use


1940, in the meaning defined above


1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clampdown was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Clampdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

clamp down

: to act in a strict and forceful manner to stop something
laws clamping down on fraud

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