crackdown

noun crack·down \ ˈkrak-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of crackdown

:an act or instance of cracking down

Examples of crackdown in a Sentence

  1. Companies that pollute are the target of a new crackdown.

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First Known Use of crackdown

1935


crack down

verb

Definition of crack down

intransitive verb
:to take positive regulatory or disciplinary action

First Known Use of crack down

1939


CRACKDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

crackdown

noun

Definition of crackdown for English Language Learners

  • : a serious attempt to punish people for doing something that is not allowed : an increased effort to enforce a law or rule



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