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

  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

  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  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

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

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

    :  an instance of putting down (see 1down) (as an opponent in wrestling)

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

    :  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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