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clamp down (on someone or something)

to become strict with someone; to become strict about something. Because Bob's grades were getting worse, his parents clamped down on him. The police have clamped down on speeders in this town.
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clamp down

v.
1. To press down tightly on something: Clamp down the pipe securely before you try to drill a hole in it. I glued the strip of wood to the surface and clamped it down while it dried.
2. To prevent or regulate something with increased strictness: The cartel clamped down on oil production in order to raise prices.
3. To punish or repress someone or something with increased strictness: The government plans to clamp down on tax fraud with tough new laws. Crime began to increase, so the police started clamping down.
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We need to clamp down on rogue employers and the only way to do this is to make sure that they pay the fines.
Refs will also clamp down on players blocking opponents and shirtpulling in the box, mass confrontations, the violent use of elbows and reckless tackles.
Craig Thelwell, Hartlepool Council's environmental action manager, said: "This is a signal of our determination to keep the town clean and tidy and to clamp down on people who deliberately undermine our efforts.
The Government needs to clamp down on unnecessary lighting, especially in rural and sensitive locations.
In a separate statement, Chancellor Gordon Brown was due to brief MPs on plans to clamp down on terrorist financing.
The PLO agreed to clamp down on terrorist attacks and to recognize Israel's right to exist.
Laws that clamp down on cigarette sales to minors elicit compliance from many merchants, but they barely make a dent in teenagers' ability to obtain the forbidden smokes, according to a study in the Oct.
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McLeish is sorry Long has been ruled out until December, but believes such tackles are commonplace in games, although that may cease if Uefa continue to clamp down.
Rogue wheel clampers shouldn't be able to get away with unacceptable practices in Walsall and I'll be working with the Government to clamp down on dodgy clampers," the MP said today.
Police: Measures to clamp down on "irresponsible" drink promotions, prostitution and lapdancing clubs were confirmed.
But when are they going to clamp down on the mindless idiots who ride around on their silly little scooters/mopeds with the baffles removed (w is illegal) to make them as noisy as possible?
The Nigerian police and all other security agencies have been placed on full alert to clamp down heavily on any persons who engage in actions that threaten our collective desire for trouble-free elections in the coming days," Obasanjo said.
The FIFA directive has gone out to referees to really clamp down, dish out cards and get tough with players.