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clamp down on (someone or something)

1. Literally, to press down on something firmly. When the dog's teeth clamped down on my leg, I'd never felt so much pain in my life. Now clamp down on this surface so that you don't lose your grip while drilling.
2. To limit, reduce, bring under tighter control. My parents really clamped down on me after seeing my report card, so my curfew is only 9 PM now. We really need to clamp down on spending before our department loses funding altogether. The cops are trying to clamp down on speeding on this stretch, so you should slow down.
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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

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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It can spread diseases, like tuberculosis and bronchitis, and we want to clamp down on it,A" he said.
Mitchells & Butlers has re-launched a policy on alcohol and social responsibility to help clamp down on anti-social behaviour.
It is practical for someone who has to brush another's teeth and gums and works well for those who tend to clamp down, making access to the mouth difficult.
Indonesia's government is trying to end the violence, but does not seem to have the power to clamp down on Muslim extremist groups (Nat.
But critics argue there is little reason to clamp down on kids who hang posters on their lockers or wear politically provocative T-shirts.
For ants and bees, the secret to this power resides in adhesive footpads that clamp down tight and hold on to a smooth surface.
Milwaukee writer Joel McNally opined in the Madison Capital Times that "Waukesha law enforcement authorities have come up with a nifty plan to adapt some of the handy tools of a totalitarian government to clamp down on the wanton freedom of citizens in a democracy.
Gay consciousness evolved, and even as so-called "moral guardians" tried to clamp down on freedom of expression, the acts of gay interpretation and appropriation blossomed.
The recent announcement that US authorities had traced amounts of unapproved genetically modified food in samples of rice prompted the EU to clamp down on all imports from the US.
That may be true, but if the council and the police mean it when thet say they are clamping down, then clamp down they should.
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Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, said that his government would clamp down on foreign investors who insure their investment and projects outside the country.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant, who requested the figures as part of his long-running campaign to clamp down on domestic violence ahead of White Ribbon Day today said: "Domestic abuse is defined as any incidents or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between partners of family members.
A squeeze on funding in money markets last month saw lenders clamp down on higher loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages, e.