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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.
See also: clamp, down, on

clamp (something) on(to) (something)

To attach something to another object or surface. First, you need to clamp that tool onto the table.
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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 something on(to) something

 and clamp something on
to press or squeeze something onto something else. Clamp this board onto the workbench. Clear a place near the edge of the table, and then clamp on the meat grinder.
See also: clamp, on

put the clamps on someone or something

 and put the clamps on
Sl. to impede or block someone or something; to restrain or restrict someone. Fred had to put the clamps on Tony, who was rushing his work too much. Tony is getting a little anxious. Time to put on the clamps.
See also: clamp, on, put

clamp down on

Also, put the clamps on. Become stricter or more repressive; put a stop to. For example, The company was clamping down on expenses like business lunches, or It's time we put the clamps on polluters. [Mid-1900s]
See also: clamp, down, on

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.
See also: clamp, down

put the clamps on someone/something

and put the clamps on
tv. to impede or block someone or something; to restrain or restrict someone. Fred had to put the clamps on Tony, who was rushing his work too much.
See also: clamp, on, put, something

put the clamps on

See also: clamp, on, put
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One pressed air input will open the clamps and other one input will close them.
Features: Integrates servo-driven blowing module with Index 125 preform molder; clamp rotates 180[degrees] per cycle; preform transfer via servo-driven 3-axis robot.
In addition to new squeeze clamps, Bradford is a leading U.
The 8700 series pneumatic lever clamp features an arm that arcs up and out of the way on a single plane.
This large frequency range can be used for the shear clamps with proper sample conditions.
Clamp and gripping device manufacturer DE-STA-CO Industries is using SolidWorks 3D PartStream.
If an M230 is vibrating, a repairman should measure the gap where the recoil clamps meet.
Cam-action clamps depend on a low wedge angle to exert clamping force and to keep the clamp in a closed condition.
The record setting pace of the Headrick sextuplets in Wichita Kansas is at least partially due to a new medical device used in the delivery -- the Joey(tm) Clamp & Cutter.
If you're missing a clamp or thumbscrew and no replacement is handy, tie the ground strap to the rod with at least 24 tightly wound turns of stripped telephone wire or other bare wire.
These clamps, available in five sizes, use screws from 1/4-20 to 5/8-11 and have clamping force from 500 pounds to 6000 lb.
The clamping head is held together by two integral, hydraulically activated clamps.
Watson and the team at Maternus had three goals for their umbilical clamp and cutter system: it needed to protect the user from blood spray; it had to be a more efficient tool than the existing combination of clamps and scissors; and it needed an improved aesthetic component.
The old-style ground wire clamps used on fuel tankers are known to fall apart from rust and broken springs.
has introduced the Q series of compact, pneumatic quick-change clamps designed for electric injection presses up to 350 tons.