crackdown

noun crack·down \ ˈkrak-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

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

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crack down

verb

Definition of crack down

: to take positive regulatory or disciplinary action

First Known Use of crack down

1939

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CRACKDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

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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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