clampdown

noun clamp·down \ ˈklamp-ˌdau̇n \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of clampdown

: the act or action of making regulations and restrictions more stringent
  • a clampdown on charge accounts, bank loans, and other inflationary influences
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First Known Use of clampdown

1940

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clamp down

verb

Definition of clamp down

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

First Known Use of clamp down

1938

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CLAMPDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of clampdown for English Language Learners

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



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