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[krak-doun] /ˈkrækˌdaʊn/
the severe or stern enforcement of regulations, laws, etc., as to root out abuses or correct a problem.
Origin of crackdown
1930-35, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase crack down Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crackdown
  • Every increase in sentences, every law enforcement crackdown means more customers and more profit to them.
  • She attributed the falling rates to a government crackdown on illegal logging.
  • The committee's action could mark a crackdown on companies that sell genetic tests directly to consumers.
  • The fires and the resulting crackdown can both be read as complex social and political reactions to rapid change.
  • From time to time there are some half-hearted attempts at a crackdown.
  • Over the last month, though, the pace and strength of protest and crackdown has intensified.
  • In the crackdown that followed, hundreds of the signatories were interrogated and numerous blogs were shut down.
  • The actions continue an ongoing law-enforcement crackdown against alleged members of the two groups.
  • Today, amid a heavy crackdown on dissent, they sound cruelly prescient.
  • Some hedge-fund managers give warning that a crackdown will do more harm than good for investment research.
British Dictionary definitions for crackdown

crack down

verb (intransitive, adverb) often foll by on
to take severe measures (against); become stricter (with)
severe or repressive measures
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Word Origin and History for crackdown

also crack down; 1935 (n.), 1940 (v.), from verbal phrase, from crack (v.) + down (adv.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for crackdown



A particular instance or severity of punishment, law enforcement, etc: The Mayor again vowed a crackdown on the porn shops (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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