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 Hong Kong’s government, urged on by Chinese leaders, has intensified a clampdown on demonstrators who have responded to each uptick of force with a reciprocal escalation. Washington Post, "Behind the barricade, Hong Kong protesters turn a university into a fortress," 14 Nov. 2019 Since this dramatic move, J&K has been placed under a massive clampdown fearing an uprising. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "As Jammu & Kashmir loses its political status, here’s what the past 80 days have meant for it," 31 Oct. 2019 As part of a comprehensive K-12 education plan recently released, Warren took a page from the union playbook in calling for a clampdown on public charter schools. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Children are the losers in Elizabeth Warren’s plan for charter schools," 31 Oct. 2019 His crime-fighting plan relies on a mix of welfare for the young, a clampdown on corruption and a new 60,000-strong national guard. The Economist, "Lessons from a shootout in Sinaloa," 24 Oct. 2019 Despite China’s regulatory clampdown on new games, Tencent’s 4Q sequential decline of just 2.6% in mobile game sales -- to 19 billion yuan, is better than market expectations. Washington Post, "Relax, Things Really Aren’t So Bad at Tencent," 18 Sep. 2019 Priti Patel, who has called for a clampdown on immigration and once supported the return of capital punishment, is home secretary. The Economist, "How Britain’s staid Conservative Party became a radical insurgency," 5 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, Huawei announced an increase in sales for the first half of the year, indicating that the clampdown by the Trump administration has had little impact on the company so far. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "U.S.-China Trade Talks End With No Deal in Sight," 31 July 2019 In Bangladesh, another Muslim-majority nation, thousands of people marched after prayers Friday through the capital, Dhaka, to protest India’s clampdown in Kashmir. Washington Post, "Prime minister says Pakistan will respond if India attacks," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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