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crack down

1. verb To address or control something more strictly than in the past. After years of leniency, the school is finally cracking down on plagiarism.
2. noun A period of stricter control of something. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. After years of leniency, there's finally been a crackdown on plagiarism at the school.
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crack down (on someone or something)

to put limits on someone or something; to become strict about enforcing rules about someone or something. The police cracked down on the street gangs. They cracked down once last year too.
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crack down

Act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain. For example, The police cracked down on speeding. [1930s]
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crack down

v.
1. To increase the intensity or severity involved in preventing or regulating something: The police are cracking down on drunk driving and issuing stiffer penalties. The police cracked down after the murder last week.
2. To increase the intensity or severity involved in punishing or repressing someone: The government has cracked down on protesters.
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LiMandri said the agency has taken steps to crack down on both violators and negligent department workers.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced plans to crack down on London's illegal cab trade by doubling the number of enforcement officers from 34 to 68 and introducing a 'one-strike' rule that would ensure cabbies convicted of touting would immediately have their licence revoked.
It goes by the name of the Skid Row Safer City Initiative, a program launched a month ago amid great political fanfare, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promising to crack down on ``the drug dealers and other criminals that prey on the homeless to reverse the culture of lawlessness on Skid Row, while leading those who need help to housing and services.
A NEW scheme to crack down on fisheries crime was launched in North Wales yesterday.
SHOPS and pubs will this week be ordered to crack down on underage drinking - or face losing their licences.
A North council has been slated by Government watchdogs over its failure to crack down on benefit cheats.
They were part of the launch of a three-month nationwide campaign called Operation Crack Down.
Less-affluent nations may be bearing the brunt as developed nations including the United States crack down on mercury pollution.
Police in Beijing, China have seized more than one million pirated books and audio-visual products during a month-long crack down.
Ankara wants the US forces in northern Iraq to crack down on the remnants of the Kurdistan Workers Party, which now calls itself Kadek.
In a July 16 Wall Street Journal article, Westley was quoted as saying, "It is time to crack down.
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South Korea on Wednesday arrested a suspected former North Korean spy who claimed to have been involved in helping Chinese authorities crack down on North Korean refugees in China, officials said.
Safe Roads" initiative is designed to bring together interested parties to help support the enactment of comprehensive drunk-driving laws that crack down on hard-core drunk drivers and repeat offenders.