clamp down on

Definition of clamp down on

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : 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

  2. : to place by decree : impose

  3. : to hold tightly

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

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

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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