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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for crackdown

clampdown, repression, suppression, strike, crush, end, stop

Examples from the Web for crackdown

Contemporary Examples of crackdown

Historical Examples of crackdown

  • 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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper