Definition of crackdown in English:



  • usually in singular A series of severe measures to restrict undesirable or illegal people or behaviour.

    ‘a crackdown on car crime’
    • ‘Police have issued their first fines as part of a crackdown on illegal parking in Accrington.’
    • ‘Besides advocating a crackdown he is also proposing affirmative action to help young people.’
    • ‘UK police today launched a crackdown on the sale of illegal weapons over the Internet.’
    • ‘It says improved public transport would be needed in areas hardest hit by the crackdown.’
    • ‘So it was cruel of York police to choose this week to announce a major crackdown on illegal driving.’
    • ‘The Government has announced a crackdown on abandoned cars and licence cheats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Conservatives want a crackdown on the early release of violent offenders.’
    • ‘As a result of the crackdown, Japan and other major nations halted aid to the country.’
    • ‘In the meantime, it is unlikely that this action signals the start of a crackdown on Irish spammers.’
    • ‘As a means of combating such fecklessness, however, the crackdown is worse than useless.’
    • ‘There is violence regularly, although a recent crackdown on knives has helped.’
    • ‘He said a crackdown on illegal minicabs is underway and this should help attract more black cabs.’
    • ‘Police in Bradford on Avon have warned motorists they are planning a crackdown on illegal parking.’
    • ‘On the surface it simply appears to be a case of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘It's the start of the biggest crackdown on crime West Yorkshire has ever seen.’
    • ‘Now agents could be taken to court in a crackdown by Trading Standards officers in Manchester.’
    • ‘A crackdown on illegal parking has been launched after a tip-off from a concerned resident.’
    • ‘That is, we might be victims of the ongoing crackdown soon anyway, so might as well start fighting now.’
    clampdown, getting tough, severe measures, stern measures, repression, suppression, abolition, elimination, eradication, end, stop
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