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

Examples of clampdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bill should also have a calming effect on investors’ fears regarding a regulatory clampdown on certain projects. Hailey Lennon, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The people close to decision-making said feedback Mr. Li and his team had received from inspection tours since late last year showed that Mr. Xi’s clampdown had hurt employment and growth. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 11 May 2022 As criticism of his leadership mounted, Mr. Khan’s government led a growing clampdown on dissent. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Despite a clampdown on activism, Russians have repeatedly proved willing to take to the streets to make their voices heard. Brian Grodsky, The Conversation, 4 Mar. 2022 That’s the size of the great investor exodus from Chinese equities, Fortune‘s Jessica Mathews calculates (with help from UBS), in the past 12 months, coinciding with Beijing’s big clampdown on Big Tech. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2021 Liberals want Congress to eliminate the clampdown, but moderate Democrats in both chambers facing tough reelections want to vote to retain it. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 1 June 2022 Liberals want Congress to eliminate the clampdown, but moderate Democrats in both chambers facing tough reelections want to vote to retain it. Alan Fram, ajc, 1 June 2022 For residents of Ottawa, the clampdown comes as a welcome reprieve after weeks of what many have called an inadequate response from law enforcement to the occupation. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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23 Jun 2022

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“Clampdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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