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
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A regulatory clampdown on bank lending to big companies, for example, is a way not just to clean up shadowy financial practices but to influence how private firms spend their cash.
But marijuana businesses are bracing for a possible clampdown.
The coup attempt lead to an acceleration of the clampdown, including the closure of dozens of news organizations and the firing of top military officers and tens of civil servants.
Mr. Wu’s detention follows a move last month by China’s insurance regulator to bar the company from offering new insurance products for three months as part of a wider clampdown.
China's top cyberspace regulator has instituted a sweeping clampdown on online media devoted to show business and celebrity gossip, a wildly popular corner of the mainland Chinese internet.
Tickets used to regularly sell out for the Wellington event, but the clampdown on unruly behavior has seen ticket sales dwindle.
The latest clampdown, while less intrusive, targets foreigners in a new sphere: social media.
The stakes have increased in recent weeks after a regulatory clampdown on leverage roiled domestic bond and equity markets.
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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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