clampdown

noun
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

verb
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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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 Bold writers can draw on the daily chronicles of hypocrisy and clampdowns recorded by a lively press. L.t. | Kampala, The Economist, "The writers breathing fresh life into Ugandan literature," 23 Aug. 2019 Post clampdown scenarios But will people reconcile to the situation? Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "After three weeks of lockdown, this is what Kashmir looks like," 22 Aug. 2019 The state’s reaction continues its clampdown that began in January on non-consensual harvesting of personal information (by private firms, that is). The Economist, "Chinese netizens get privacy-conscious," 7 Sep. 2019 As India moved to put J&K under a clampdown, local mainstream parties closed ranks behind Farooq Abdulla. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "With Kashmir’s autonomy gone, its pro-India political parties have lost all credibility," 27 Aug. 2019 Festivals’ move toward reusable wares has been prompted in part by a new California law encouraging a clampdown on plastic waste from disposables. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, "Don’t throw away that cup! S.F. pushes reusables, but it won’t be easy," 4 Aug. 2019 The clampdown effort actually started under President Barack Obama. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Trump takes aim at 'golden visa' program that's pumped hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into Texas," 24 Aug. 2019 The government has also failed to explain its legal basis for locking up many Kashmiri politicians, including ones who are relatively moderate, during the clampdown. The Economist, "In its struggle to subdue Kashmir, India is stripping it of liberties," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of clampdown

Noun

1940, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1938, in the meaning defined above

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clampdown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clampdown

: an increased effort to make sure that people obey laws and rules

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