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crackdown

[krak-doun]
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noun
  1. 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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  • Then there was a crackdown on Catholics, with houses being searched for hiding places for priests.


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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