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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Summary: Rawalkot [PoK], Aug 30 (ANI): In a reprehensible incident, the Pakistan Police cracked down on the students of the Poonch Medical College here, leaving 15 female students injured.
About a month ago, a parking attendant was arrested as the police cracked down on the mafia.
On May 10, the central bank cracked down on exporters hoarding dollars.
Summary: Internal Security Forces customs office at the Rafik Hariri International Airport cracked down on an attempt to transfer illegal drugs to Qatar, a security source told The Daily Star Tuesday.
Summary: Human rights campaigners say Syrian security forces have once again cracked down on protesters, using tear gas during a march in Damascus.
He also said that Pakistan had cracked down on certain individuals who were suspected of having a hand in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.
The government has cracked down on illegal miners blamed for large tin smuggling from the country resulting in oversupply and a sharp fall in the price of that commodity in the world market in the past few years.
Until police cracked down, there were car thefts, break-ins, indecent assaults, burglary and criminal damage to homes.
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Suharto also cracked down on "aberrant" Muslim sects and, as Budiardjo notes, "for this regime, people in the middle are also extremists if they happen to be liberals or advocates of human rights."
The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) cracked down on nearly 3,000 crimes along the Kingdom's borders in the first six months of this year, Ministry of National Defence spokesperson Chhum Socheat said on Wednesday.