crackdown

[ krak-doun ]
/ ˈkrækˌdaʊn /

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for crackdown

crackdown

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

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