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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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In another crackdown it arrested two accused from Awami Colony namely Salman Shafai aka Salman Jarekhana.
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.
It said that the Commissioner had ordered Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners to carry out crackdowns against the shopkeepers making undue profit against the Government's fixed rates.
WENDY Greuel's ``Move it or lose it'' operation last weekend, the second such crackdown on junked cars in her district, is just one of the special enforcements the East Valley councilwoman has instigated to clean up her district.
KARACHI -- Chairman law and order sub committee Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI), Nadeem Khan has suggested that a committee should be formed comprising of Corps Commander, DG Rangers and IG police to monitor and managed crackdown against criminals, extortionist and killers.
He was of the view that if this has not been done the entire crackdown may be seen as politically motivated and just an eyewash and Sindh government may blame Nawaz Sharif for its failure.
The crackdown in Skid Row will continue to get the city in trouble, said Carol Sobel, a civil rights lawyer who represents the National Lawyers Guild, co-plaintiff in the Skid Row lawsuit.
Dawn Johanssen, for example, said she will continue bringing her Labrador named Biko to Serrania to run leashless despite the crackdowns.
With varying degrees of success, police have resorted to using speed humps, surveillance cameras and crackdowns on jaywalkers and speeders.
This is done by studying traffic statistics and looking for trends in pedestrian accidents that can lead them to focus on certain streets and intersections for crackdowns.
Clark and Christopher said the continuing crackdowns have been effective.
They know we are going to make periodic crackdowns," Clark said.