crack down
intransitive verb Date: 1939 to take positive regulatory or disciplinary action

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  • crack·down — /ˈkrækˌdaʊn/ noun, pl downs [count] : a serious attempt to punish people for doing something that is not allowed : an increased effort to enforce a law or rule Companies that pollute are the target of a new crackdown. often + on There s been a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • crack down — verb /kræk.daʊn/ To enforce more stringently or more thoroughly. The authorities are trying to crack down on drunk driving during the holidays …   Wiktionary

  • crack down — {v. phr.}, {informal} To enforce laws or rules strictly; require full obedience to a rule. * /After a speeding driver hit a child, the police cracked down./ Often used with on . * /Police suddenly cracked down on the selling of liquors to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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