[ krak-doun ]
/ ˈkrækˌdaʊn /


the severe or stern enforcement of regulations, laws, etc., as to root out abuses or correct a problem.

Nearby words

  1. cracka,
  2. crackajack,
  3. crackberry,
  4. crackbrain,
  5. crackbrained,
  6. cracked,
  7. cracked heel,
  8. cracked heels,
  9. cracked up,
  10. cracked wheat

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

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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