clamp·down | \ˈklamp-ˌdau̇n \

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

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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 government is justifying its latest clampdown on imports by citing economic security. Andrew Torchia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran bans over 1,300 imports amid protests over its plunging currency," 26 June 2018 But their clampdown on banks is yet another blow to the market, which has already seen regulators in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and China enact restrictions on trading and fundraising. Gregor Stuart Hunter, WSJ, "Regulators World-Wide Are Cracking Down on Cryptocurrencies. India’s Next.," 6 Apr. 2018 This week the central bank reinforced its clampdown on bad loans in the industry. The Economist, "Business this week," 15 Feb. 2018 China is escalating its clampdown on cryptocurrency trading, targeting online platforms and mobile apps that offer exchange-like services, people familiar said. Erin Roman,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 15 Jan. 2018 Others question whether the reduction in attacks is even related to the online clampdown. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Israel says that monitoring social media has cut ‘lone wolf’ attacks. Palestinians are crying foul.," 9 July 2018 Khalid Zerouali, Morocco's director of migration and border surveillance, said his country is under new pressure amid the clampdown on the route between Libya and Italy. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 The clampdown this year follows reports of widespread cheating in 2016, when test questions were published online, forcing more than half a million students to retake the exam a week later. Eli Meixler, Time, "Algeria Shuts Off Internet Access Nationwide to Combat Cheating on Exams," 20 June 2018 The clampdown comes at a time when the solar industry globally is increasingly able to compete toe-to-toe on price with more conventional sources of power generation, such as coal, natural gas and nuclear. The Economist, "Can the solar industry survive without subsidies?," 14 June 2018

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

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