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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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One of the best things about Crackdown are the destructible environments - fighting crime while smashing the place up is part of the game's delightful, mindless charm.
"The crackdown was launched in response to the complaints from residents about motorcycles driven by reckless teenagers in the streets and residential districts," said Brig Darwish.
Last week, fans feared that (http://www.ibtimes.com/crackdown-3-release-date-microsoft-didnt-cancel-xbox-one-windows-10-game-2685822) Microsoft may have abandoned "Crackdown 3" because their Amazon preorders got canceled for some unknown reason.
The Christmas crackdown has also seen officers carrying out roadside drug tests.
I suspect we can add the promised crackdown on "Trojan horse" hardline Islamist infiltration of schools to the list as well.
"Habang isinasagawa yung announced crackdown, sinisikap pa rin nilang matulungan ang ating mga mamamayan; pinagpapayuhan lahat ng mga manggagawang Pilipino doon na maging handa sa lahat ng pagkakataon [While the Malaysian government is undergoing its announced crackdown, our Embassy continues to make efforts to help our fellowmen, advising all Filipino workers there to be prepared at all times]," he said.
However, the demand later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
A source in Anbar Operations told the reporter of the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that the army troops of Anbar operations command launched an extensive security crackdown in different parts of the district of Amiriya / 30 / km south of Fallujah as part of operation (avenge martyrs ) to hunt al-Qaeda's elements and destroy their strongholds.
Summary: The Internal Security Forces have issued over 1,000 tickets to vehicles with tinted windows as part of a nationwide crackdown.
New Delhi, Feb.23 ( ANI ): The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up both yoga guru Baba Ramdev and the Delhi Police for the way they behaved during the June 4-5, 2011 midnight crackdown at the Ram Lila Ground.
The highly anticipated summer blockbuster, 'Crackdown 2', exclusively for Xbox 360, has been launched across the Middle East.
Highline has also acquired 'Crackdown!,' a magazine with a similar mission in New York State also transfered to National Underwriter.
The nationwide crackdown reportedly started at 0600 local time and involved police officers from 39 of Denmark's 54 police districts.
Last year, Burke decided it was time for a crackdown. Several Wisconsin lawmakers in late August received letters from the prelate ordering them to toe the church line at the state capitol or risk being denied communion and other church sacraments.
In a large-scale crackdown May 2001 at Fulton Street, the NYPD used officers on horseback and helicopters that laid siege to the busiest shopping district in downtown Brooklyn.