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Education and awareness are just one part of a multi-faceted approach necessary to crack down on acid violence in Pakistan.
In recent weeks it has begun to crack down on militias, and government forces have seized 36 bases used by revolutionary brigades.
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]