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clampdown

[ klamp-doun ]
/ ˈklæmpˌdaʊn /
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noun
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Origin of clampdown

First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase clamp down
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British Dictionary definitions for clampdown

clamp down

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