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crackdown Syllabification: crack·down
Pronunciation: /ˈkrakˌdoun/

Definition of crackdown in English:


[usually in singular]
Severe measures to restrict or discourage undesirable or illegal people or behavior: a crackdown on crime and corruption
More example sentences
  • Walsh said that the rise could be attributed in part to a Garda crackdown on juvenile antisocial behaviour.
  • Police are hailing raids as part of a national crackdown on illegal drugs a success.
  • Police have issued their first fines as part of a crackdown on illegal parking in Accrington.

Words that rhyme with crackdown

clampdown • Ashdown

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