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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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Global Banking News-May 25, 2012--Indian central bank cracks down on exporters and banks(C)2012 ENPublishing - http://www.
10), "Sheriff's department cracks down on speed racing," tried to point out that the Lane County Sheriff's Office was going to crack down on speeders.
Or that they only will get smarter if the sheriff's office cracks down.
unless Moscow cracks down on intellectual property violations, said Eric Schwartz, vice president of the International Intellectual Property Alliance.
What if your opponent cracks down on the half-nelson in an effort to step over?
Global Banking News-June 21, 2011--UAE central bank cracks down on Libyan assets(C)2011 ENPublishing - http://www.
AB 633 (Assemblyman Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) - Cracks down on illegal garment-worker sweatshops and strengthens enforcement measures for minimum wage and overtime laws.