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

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Examples of clampdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But critics have said the wholesale clampdown raises questions about how much power the tech companies have over online discourse., "Trump has been suspended from YouTube," 13 Jan. 2021 Half a million soldiers came, imposing the strictest clampdown Kashmiris have ever seen. New York Times, "In Kashmir’s Stillness, Hopes Wither and Houseboats Sink," 11 Jan. 2021 The new policy is a stunning corporate clampdown on the kind of provocative and even inflammatory talk that has long driven the business model for Cumulus and other talk show broadcasters. Paul Farhi, Anchorage Daily News, "Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric," 11 Jan. 2021 Other speakers at the conference, including executives from Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. and Beijing Financial Holdings Group, joined in the clampdown chorus., "China Vows Escalation in Clampdown on Fintech’s Dominance," 11 Nov. 2020 Peak summer tourism season events in Kashmir were canceled due to the security clampdown. Majid Maqbool, CNN, "Tariq Mir, Jammu and Kashmir's Tyrion Lannister lookalike, dreams of Bollywood stardom," 12 June 2020 The social media companies’ clampdown extended beyond Mr. Trump. New York Times, "Facebook Bars Trump Through End of His Term," 7 Jan. 2021 Chinese President Xi Jinping has historically been harsh on organized religion and has overseen a major clampdown on Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups, as well as other campaigns against Christians and Tibetan Buddhists. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 25: Covid-19, Biden, immigration, China, opioids," 25 Nov. 2020 The move against Sobol is the latest in a clampdown on the Kremlin’s opponents before next year’s parliamentary election. Washington Post, "World Digest: Dec. 25, 2020," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of clampdown was in 1938

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23 Feb 2021

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“Clampdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clampdown

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

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