Definition of crackdown in English:

crackdown

noun

  • [usually in singular] Severe measures to restrict or discourage undesirable or illegal people or behavior.

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

crackdown

/ˈkrakˌdoun/