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[klamp-doun] /ˈklæmpˌdaʊn/
Origin of clampdown
1935-40; noun use of verb phrase clamp down Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clampdown
  • The second way in which the permanent bureaucracy could be emboldened is by a mooted clampdown on lobbyists.
  • Second, dearer oil could fuel inflation-and that might prompt a monetary clampdown that throttles the recovery.
  • Both the acceleration and the subsequent clampdown were directed from the centre.
  • But in his previous job as budget minister, he led a high-profile clampdown on tax evasion.
  • Equally contentious is the effect of the post-crisis regulatory clampdown on high-octane finance.
  • And, crucially for an economy facing a fiscal clampdown, it was driven by the private sector.
  • Given the severity of the current clampdown on rights, such a gesture would be hollow and meaningless.
  • And those complaints come from an ever increasing clampdown that have done nothing to improve security.
British Dictionary definitions for clampdown

clamp down

verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by on
to behave repressively; attempt to repress something regarded as undesirable
a sudden restrictive measure
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