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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According to official reports, the security clampdown by law enforcement extends even to visits by families of prisoners. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "The World’s Biggest Exporter Rebrands Itself as a Big Buyer," 17 Oct. 2018 The proposals, which include efforts to rein in a clampdown on corruption, are denting business sentiment., "Romania Picked a Bad Time to Take Its Eye Off the Economy," 7 Mar. 2018 Hopes of global growth faded rapidly, with European stocks and emerging markets tumbling as the Chinese economy struggled, hurt by the hangover from last year’s clampdown on lending and by U.S. tariffs. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Markets Corrected Investor Mistakes This Year, And it Hurts," 20 Dec. 2018 But for now the headwinds from Mr. Xi’s housing-market clampdown are blowing too strongly. Diana Choyleva, WSJ, "Why China’s New Year Wasn’t Very Festive," 13 Feb. 2019 China has faced mounting criticism over a massive security clampdown targeting Uighurs native to China's Xinjiang region. Jamey Keaten, Fox News, "China, academics tout Beijing's human rights record at UN," 13 Sep. 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. Washington Post, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 The clampdown, which was expected as a freeze on new game approvals is in force, was announced by the Ministry of Education on Thursday as part of plan to combat vision problems among children and adolescents. Shan Li, WSJ, "Tencent and Chinese Gaming Rivals Shudder as Government Tightens Grip," 31 Aug. 2018 According to Rhodium Group, a research firm, this was part of the reason Chinese investment in America fell by 35% from 2016 to 2017 (a Chinese clampdown on outbound capital was the main factor). The Economist, "America’s trade strategy has many risks and few upsides," 28 Mar. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above


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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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