clamp down on something


clamp down on something
clamp down on (something) to act to stop or limit something.

Police here have finally clamped down on speeding.


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  • clamp down (on something) — ˌclamp ˈdown (on sb/sth) derived to take strict action in order to prevent sth, especially crime • a campaign by police to clamp down on street crime • The US government is clamping down on drugs. related noun ↑clampdown Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • clamp down on — (something) to act to stop or limit something. Police here have finally clamped down on speeding …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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 on — SUPPRESS, prevent, stop, put a stop/end to, stamp out; crack down on, limit, restrict, control, keep in check. → clamp * * * clamp down on To suppress, or suppress the activities of, firmly (clampˈdown noun) • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   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 on — verb To take measures to stop something; to put an end to. The government aims to clamp down on underage drinking …   Wiktionary

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

  • ˌclamp ˈdown — phrasal verb to make a determined attempt to stop people doing something bad or illegal Police are clamping down on local drug dealers.[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English