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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

crack down

Act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain. For example, The police cracked down on speeding. [1930s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He said the crackdown is still ongoing and urged the public to give any information which will help in seizing more drugs to the police.He also called on willing drug peddlers to surrender to the police before the law catches up with them.
Mr Mugambi warned boat operators against colluding with traffickers to ferry drugs into Lamu and other islands.The crackdown on drugs and drug peddlers continues.
The crackdown was launched on the Islamabad High Court's orders.
Fleeced The crackdown on drunken disorder on the streets, when bladdered youths would be marched to cash machines to pay fixed penalties?
I suspect we can add the promised crackdown on "Trojan horse" hardline Islamist infiltration of schools to the list as well.
Over the years, some community residents, business interests and politicians have rationalized massive crackdowns on these grounds.
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.
The Rangers carried out a crackdown in Shareefabad area and arrested accused namely Juma Mir alias Zaheer Gilgati.
Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has directed the City Administration officials to continue their crackdowns till it is ensured that no shopkeeper /seller is involved in profiteering, said an official statement here on Sunday.
KARACHI, December 16, 2010 (Frontier Star): South zone police have arrested 106 criminals and seized weapons from their possession in crackdown against the criminals, continued for last two weeks.
KARACHI, December 16, 2010 (Balochistan Times): South zone police have arrested 106 criminals and seized weapons from their possession in crackdown against the criminals, continued for last two weeks.