clampdown clamp‧down [ˈklæmpdaʊn] noun [countable usually singular]
sudden action in order to stop something from happening or control it much more strictly:

• The UK government is launching a clampdown on internet casino advertisements.

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clampdown UK US /ˈklæmpdaʊn/ noun [C, usually singular]
an action by a government or other authority to stop or control an illegal or unacceptable activity: »

In the wake of the attacks, a temporary security clampdown at border crossings has created major traffic jams.

a clampdown on sth »

In a clampdown on tax fraud, more than 400,000 companies and public servants were audited last year.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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