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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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Summary: The Tripoli Municipality Tuesday began cracking down on unlicensed small businesses, a source told The Daily Star.
The home ministry has been cracking down on many such NGOs, and foreign funding of 1,142 NGOs has been stopped this year and over 31,000 notices have been sent to NGOs getting foreign funds for violations under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act ( FCRA).
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Global Banking News-August 11, 2014--Indian banks cracking down on middle men
The arrests come during Operation Domain, aimed at cracking down on burglars and bike thieves across the borough.
BEIJING -- China has strongly backed Pakistan on the issue of terrorism and said Pakistan "has made enormous efforts in cracking down on terrorism"
Security forces will resume cracking down on illegal workers in the new Islamic year, SPA said, quoting a government statement.
Saudi crack down on businesses run by foreigners The government of Saudi Arabia is cracking down on illegal "cover-up" businesses which are nominally registered to Saudi Arabian owners but in practice, owned and operated by foreigners.
That's why we're cracking down on this criminal behaviour with a PS9.
WELSH springers and Cardigan corgies descended on the Senedd yesterday as their owners handed in a petition opposing a proposed law they say will damage dog show breeders, while not cracking down properly on so-called puppy farms.
The police are also cracking down on the sale of firecrackers in the emirate to ensure safety," said Lt Col Salem Sultan Al Darmaki, chief of the RAK Criminal Investigation Department (CID) .
But I think there is still a bit of an open question over whether companies are cracking down in an organised method.
Summary: Authorities in Saudi are cracking down onC*
Summary: Ministers are considering cracking down on credit card firms in a bid to reduce the temptation to get into debt.