Definition of crackdown
: an act or instance of cracking down
Examples of crackdown in a Sentence
Companies that pollute are the target of a new crackdown.
Recent Examples of crackdown from the Web
After the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989, far more cases became known—partly because of the scale of the crackdown, but also because families and friends of victims became more willing to risk publicising cases.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a crackdown on fraudulent prescriptions that could bar hundreds of doctors from participating in Medicare.
Nearly 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting and the ensuing Indian crackdown.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep among the region’s mostly Muslim population and most people support the rebels despite a decades-long military crackdown.
Sticking to her democratic ideals, and her belief that life must go on as normal, Thatcher typically did not respond to terrorism with crackdowns on civil liberties.
Read more: A QuickTake Q&A on China’s regulatory clampdown While even bulls concede that Ping An isn’t immune to this year’s crackdown, the company still managed to boost first-quarter earnings by 11 percent.
A spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said the arrests were the first in a crackdown on financial abuse of public aid in Lakewood, and more than a dozen more arrests are expected in coming...
Planned protests are also feeling a crackdown ahead of Xi's visit.
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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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