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 Reuters/Kevin Lamarque More African countries could soon be caught in the cross-hairs of US president Donald Trump’s immigration clampdown. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Trump’s controversial travel ban set to add four more African countries—including Nigeria," 22 Jan. 2020 Amidst all the job woes for immigrants in the US due to Donald Trump’s work visa clampdown, there’s still no dearth of Indian students taking their dreams there. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Trump’s visa clampdown hasn’t stopped Indian students from pursuing their US dreams," 19 Nov. 2019 The retailer finally gave up the fight in 2007, right before the onset of the financial crisis and the ensuing regulatory clampdown on all sorts of financial activities. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "Why Every Company Wants To Look Like a Bank—Without Becoming One," 18 Nov. 2019 The world’s most valuable financial technology startup just three years ago, Lufax was caught up in Beijing’s clampdown on peer-to-peer lenders and is now reshaping itself as a consumer-finance company. Washington Post, "Insurer Ping An’s Big Tech Adventure Stumbles," 12 Dec. 2019 Experts say the recent clampdown on electronic cigarettes could have unintended consequences, including pushing adult users back to traditional cigarettes. Matthew Perrone, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes," 5 Oct. 2019 Thumbing their noses at Chinese President Xi Jinping, protesters ignored a security clampdown and fanned across the city armed with gasoline bombs, sticks and bricks. Eileen Ng And John Leicester,, "After teen protester shot in chest, Hong Kong police slammed as ‘trigger-happy and nuts'," 2 Oct. 2019 But the firm’s work supporting the Trump administration’s immigration clampdown has continued. Ian Macdougall, ProPublica, "How McKinsey Helped the Trump Administration Detain and Deport Immigrants," 3 Dec. 2019 Leveraging the Premier League’s popularity also provided SportPesa with a marketing outlet amid a clampdown on outdoor and social media advertising in Kenya as part of measures to control the rise of betting addiction locally. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African brands spend over $40 million a year to advertise in the world’s richest soccer league," 29 Nov. 2019

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1940, in the meaning defined above


1938, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jan 2020

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“Clampdown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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