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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Examples of clampdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And yes, Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent clampdown on private companies, especially tech giants like Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, will likely slow the pace of future Chinese innovation. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Joe Biden underestimated China’s ability to innovate before. He shouldn’t repeat that mistake," 17 Dec. 2020 Lian Yi-zheng, the former chief editor of The Hong Kong Economic Journal and a political commentator, said that everyday people who supported protests, rallies, and the activists who organized them, have been spooked by Beijing’s clampdown. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Hong Kong Protest Icon Is Jailed," 2 Dec. 2020 But the three-week clampdown, imposed through a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order, prohibits indoor dining at restaurants and limits indoor residential gatherings to two households at one time. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "'Guilt gifting' is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year," 26 Nov. 2020 Chinese regulators are becoming vocal about reining in the booming digital finance sector, signaling the clampdown has further to run., "China’s Fintech Giants Scramble to Rethink IPOs, Raise Cash," 25 Nov. 2020 Nigerians are sharing art and music on the internet to circumvent a clampdown on protests against police brutality that rocked the country last month, prompting the government to consider restricting the use of social media. Anthony Osae-brown,, "Nigeria Mulls Social Media Rules as #EndSARS Protests Go Online," 11 Nov. 2020 The latest clampdown is the latest blow for restaurants around the U.S., with thousands estimated to have gone out of business since the pandemic erupted this spring. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "For many restaurants, Thanksgiving closures are tough to swallow," 25 Nov. 2020 Lam also must balance political demands from China amid its clampdown on Hong Kong, and seek ways to integrate the city’s economy more closely with the mainland. Eric Lam,, "Lam Faces Pandemics-to-Politics Test in Key Hong Kong Address," 24 Nov. 2020 On Wednesday, China dramatically intensified its clampdown on Hong Kong, a subject of bitter dispute between Beijing and Washington. Simon Denyer And, Washington Post, "Biden reassures U.S. allies as China asserts power in Asia," 12 Nov. 2020

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1940, in the meaning defined above


1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clampdown was in 1938

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6 Jan 2021

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“Clampdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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