crackdown

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noun

crack·​down ˈkrak-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce crackdown (audio)
: an act or instance of cracking down

crack down

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verb

cracked down; cracking down; cracks down

intransitive verb

: to take positive regulatory or disciplinary action

Examples of crackdown in a Sentence

Noun Companies that pollute are the target of a new crackdown.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As part of a crackdown against the opposition that followed, a Moscow court in 2021 outlawed Navalny's Foundation for Fighting Corruption and about 40 regional offices as extremist, a verdict that exposed members of his team to prosecution. Jim Heintz, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 The death of Putin’s most high-profile critic is likely to send shockwaves through parts of Russian society, and punctuates a merciless crackdown on dissidence in Russia that has accelerated during its war with Ukraine. Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 His no-tolerance crackdown on El Salvador’s gangsters produced a predictable result. Wilfred Reilly, National Review, 16 Feb. 2024 Legal crackdowns on Apple’s app restrictions also mean an app like Disney Plus could tell Europeans and Americans about a cheaper price for its streaming subscription for sale on the Disney Plus website. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 The war in Ukraine — a full-scale invasion launched by Putin in February 2022, intended to swiftly subdue Russia’s smaller neighbor — turbocharged the Kremlin’s crackdown on any form of domestic dissent. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The new impound rules are modeled after a similar crackdown in Orange, a city near Anaheim that had been dealing with the same kinds of scofflaw vendors for years. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 Many Indonesians have feared that a victory by Mr. Prabowo — who led a crackdown on activists in Indonesia and what is now East Timor — could send the country back to its authoritarian past. Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The former Fox News personality was welcomed to Moscow even as the Kremlin has imposed the most stringent crackdown in decades to crush domestic criticism of the war. Bloomberg News, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024
Verb
The vote was a surprise to many advocates, who have criticized the board for being reluctant to crack down, and some in the county, who hoped the board would put off a vote. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Though lawmakers said the harsher sentences intended to crack down on drug trafficking, charges under the law are based solely on the amount of the drug and wouldn’t hinge on a person’s intent to deal or manufacture fentanyl. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 16 Feb. 2024 But with Punjabi Sikhs highly visible in the movement’s leadership, the government began cracking down on Sikh separatists soon after. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The current desire to roll back Section 230 comes amid a political push to crack down somehow on big tech, particularly to protect children from online harms; hence the flood of deeply flawed bills like the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). Aaron MacKey, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Efforts to crack down on the smuggling of drugs and other contraband into prisons have had limited effect. Don Thompson, Sacramento Bee, 14 Feb. 2024 Webb also said the new legislation’s attempt to crack down on amplified music could work in Balboa Park, but will be unenforceable in beach communities. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 But activists and experts worry that the government is cracking down on platforms and internet service providers to silence critical voices, and tighten its grip on the information ecosystem. Vittoria Elliott, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024 Polls show broad public disapproval of how Biden has handled the surge, and former president Donald Trump, who also faced criticism for his immigration policies, is running for office on promises to crack down and deport millions of people. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1935, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crackdown was in 1935

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“Crackdown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crackdown. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

crack down

verb
ˈkrak-ˈdau̇n
: to take strong action especially to control or put down
crack down on crime
crackdown
-ˌdau̇n
noun

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