Plus, read Matthew Yglesias's take on the politically scandalous ways Democrats need to crack down on the budget.
Just as we cannot simply “crack down on guns,” we cannot just crack down on warrior cops and expect life to return to “normal.”
Japanese law enforcement uses all the laws available to crack down on the yakuza.
A Youtube video of some jet-setting Buddhist monks has Thailand scrambling to crack down on materialism in the monastic ranks.
This section of SB 1070 imports into immigration law the methods New York City used to crack down on gun violence.
The sewage escaped into a crack in the rock and followed the crack down vertically and horizontally into the well.
You know—why should I crack down on drinking or smoking, for instance, when I do it myself?
That crack down in the back lane at Edmonton, Blathers, said Mr. Duff, assisting his colleagues memory.
The eyes are still closed, but a crack down the center of each is visible by the 13th day.
The reasons that the Soviet Union did not crack down on its former subservient satellite are both obscure and complex.
"split, opening," 14c., from crack (v.). Meaning "try, attempt" first attested 1836, probably a hunting metaphor, from slang sense of "fire a gun." Meaning "rock cocaine" is first attested 1985. The superstition that it is bad luck to step on sidewalk cracks has been traced to c.1890. Adjectival meaning in "top-notch, superior" is slang from 1793 (e.g. a crack shot).
To enforce the law or rules more vigorously; clamp down: Cops will crack down on drunk drivers (1930s+)
[all senses are ultimately echoic; narcotics sense fr the sound of breaking crystals or the cracking sound the crystals make when smoked]