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clamp down

Definition of clamp down in English:

Suppress or prevent something in an oppressive or harsh manner: the authorities have also clamped down on public demonstrations
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  • Police say they are determined to clamp down on bikers riding in an anti-social manner, on or off-road.
  • While the government is intent on clamping down on truancy, it is preventing other children from attending school with equal vigour.
  • The GN is also implementing its Tobacco Control Act that regulates the sale of tobacco to those over 19, clamps down on advertising and also restricts smoking in public places and workplaces.
suppress, prevent, stop, put a stop to, put an end to, stamp out;
crack down on, come down hard on, limit, restrain, restrict, check, keep in check, control, keep under control
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