clamp down
intransitive verb Date: 1938 to impose restrictions ; crack down <
the police are clamping down on speeders
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  • clamp|down — clamp down or clamp|down «KLAMP DOWN», noun. U.S. Informal. a strict restriction or prohibition of something, as of gambling …   Useful english dictionary

  • clamp-down — or clamp|down «KLAMP DOWN», noun. U.S. Informal. a strict restriction or prohibition of something, as of gambling …   Useful english dictionary

  • clamp down — verb repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable) The police clamped down on illegal drugs • Syn: ↑crack down • Derivationally related forms: ↑crackdown (for: ↑crack down), ↑clampdown …   Useful english dictionary

  • clamp down — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms clamp down : present tense I/you/we/they clamp down he/she/it clamps down present participle clamping down past tense clamped down past participle clamped down to make a determined attempt to stop people… …   English dictionary

  • clamp down — v. (D; intr.) to clamp down on (to clamp down on pickpockets) * * * [ klæmp daʊn] (D; intr.) to clamp down on (to clamp down on pickpockets) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • clamp down — PHRASAL VERB To clamp down on people or activities means to take strong official action to stop or control them. [JOURNALISM] [V P on n] If the government clamps down on the movement, that will only serve to strengthen it in the long run... [V P] …   English dictionary

  • clamp·down — /ˈklæmpˌdaʊn/ noun, pl downs [count] : an increased effort to make sure that people obey laws and rules usually singular a security clampdown in the city s subway system usually + on a clampdown on drug trafficking a clampdown …   Useful english dictionary

  • clamp down — {v.}, {informal} To put on strict controls; enforce rules or laws. * /After the explosion, police clamped down and let no more visitors inside the monument./ * /The school clamped down on smoking./ * /When the crowds became bigger and wilder, the …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clamp down — {v.}, {informal} To put on strict controls; enforce rules or laws. * /After the explosion, police clamped down and let no more visitors inside the monument./ * /The school clamped down on smoking./ * /When the crowds became bigger and wilder, the …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clamp\ down — v informal To put on strict controls; enforce rules or laws. After the explosion, police clamped down and let no more visitors inside the monument. The school clamped down on smoking. When the crowds became bigger and wilder, the police clamped… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • clamp down — suppress or prevent something. → clamp …   English new terms dictionary

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