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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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Muscat Municipality's department of health affairs, in coordination with the ROP, has cracked down on street vendors selling fish in Al Khoudh and Ma'abela in the wilayat of Seeb.
A task force to curb natural resources crimes has cracked down on an illegal mine in Kratie province and is proposing to fill it in after there were four deaths at the site last year.
We have cracked down on the illegal operations [there] many times, but villagers still commit it out of habit,' Kiriroth said.
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.
BEIRUT: 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.
Human rights campaigners say Syrian security forces have once again cracked down on activists when they marched to condemn the use of indiscriminate force against pro-democracy protesters.
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.
Bratton has already incorporated the strategy here, most dramatically downtown, where the LAPD has cracked down with extreme force on the Skid Row homeless population.
Until police cracked down, there were car thefts, break-ins, indecent assaults, burglary and criminal damage to homes.
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.
A week after city enforcers cracked down, Hollywood secessionists plan today to relaunch their illuminated ``Free Hollywood'' balloon - this time, without helium.