[ krak-doun ]
/ ˈkrækˌdaʊn /
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the severe or stern enforcement of regulations, laws, etc., as to root out abuses or correct a problem.



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Origin of crackdown

1930–35, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase crack down
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British Dictionary definitions for crackdown

crack down

verb (intr, adverb often foll by on)

to take severe measures (against); become stricter (with)

noun crackdown

severe or repressive measures
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Idioms and Phrases with crackdown

crack down

Act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain. For example, The police cracked down on speeding. [1930s]

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