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 — Time
Recent Examples of clampdown from the Web
Tickets used to regularly sell out for the Wellington event, but the clampdown on unruly behavior has seen ticket sales dwindle.
The stakes have increased in recent weeks after a regulatory clampdown on leverage roiled domestic bond and equity markets.
Gay activists say deeply conservative attitudes towards homosexuality in some parts of society have contributed to occasional government clampdowns.
Iraq vet and DANGER ROOM pal Phil Carter has put together one of the smartest, sharpest rebuttals yet to the Army’s clampdown on soldier-bloggers.
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CLAMPDOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clampdown for English Language Learners
: an increased effort to make sure that people obey laws and rules
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