crackdown

[ krak-doun ]
/ ˈkrækˌdaʊn /

noun

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
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crackdown


also crack down; 1935 (n.), 1940 (v.), from verbal phrase, from crack (v.) + down (adv.).

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