Definition of clap something on in English:

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clap something on

Abruptly impose a restrictive or punitive measure: most countries clapped on tariffs to protect their farmers
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  • Along busy streets, bright signs for Coke, Pepsi, Citibank, Bell South, Papa John's, KFC, Marriott - even Starbucks - could vanish if Peru chose to clap tariffs on those products.
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