zero tolerance

  1. a policy of very strict, uncompromising enforcement of rules or laws.

Origin of zero tolerance

First recorded in 1935–40

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British Dictionary definitions for zero tolerance

zero tolerance

    • the policy of applying laws or penalties to even minor infringements of a code in order to reinforce its overall importance

    • (as modifier): a zero-tolerance policy on drugs

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