Some people talk, for example, of clamping down on sales of types of ammo.
America has spent tens of billions of dollars in a basically futile effort to coax Islamabad into clamping down on the Taliban.
Reform entitlements by clamping down on payments to suppliers and providers?
device for fastening, c.1300, probably from clamb, perhaps originally past tense of climb (v.), or from Middle Dutch clampe (Dutch klamp), from West Germanic *klamp- "clamp, cleat;" cf. Middle Low German klampe "clasp, hook," Old High German klampfer "clip, clamp;" also probably related to Middle Dutch klamme "a clamp, hook, grapple," Danish klamme "a clamp, cramp," Old English clamm "fetter;" see clam (n.).
"to fasten with a clamp," 1670s, from clamp (n.). Related: Clamped; clamping.
An instrument for the compression or grasping of a structure.