clamp down

clamp down
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klamp doun]
    • /klæmp daʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klamp doun]
    • /klæmp daʊn/

Definitions of clamp down words

  • phrasal verb clamp down To clamp down on people or activities means to take strong official action to stop or control them. 3
  • verb clamp down to behave repressively; attempt to repress something regarded as undesirable 3
  • noun clamp down a sudden restrictive measure 3
  • noun clamp down a device, usually of some rigid material, for strengthening or supporting objects or fastening them together. 1
  • noun clamp down an appliance with opposite sides or parts that may be adjusted or brought closer together to hold or compress something. 1
  • noun clamp down one of a pair of movable pieces, made of lead or other soft material, for covering the jaws of a vise and enabling it to grasp without bruising. 1

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Origin of clamp down

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English (noun) < Middle Dutch clampe clamp, cleat; cognate with Middle Low German klampe

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Parts of speech for Clamp down


clamp down popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for clamp down

verb clamp down

  • tighten — make more snug or secure
  • tie — to bind, fasten, or attach with a cord, string, or the like, drawn together and knotted: to tie a tin can on a dog's tail.
  • fix — to repair; mend.
  • secure — free from or not exposed to danger or harm; safe.
  • nail down — a slender, typically rod-shaped rigid piece of metal, usually in any of numerous standard lengths from a fraction of an inch to several inches and having one end pointed and the other enlarged and flattened, for hammering into or through wood, other building materials, etc., as used in building, in fastening, or in holding separate pieces together.

Antonyms for clamp down

verb clamp down

  • loosen — to unfasten or undo, as a bond or fetter.
  • let go — to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They're going by bus.
  • loose — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
  • unfasten — to release from or as from fastenings; detach.
  • untie — to loose or unfasten (anything tied); let or set loose by undoing a knot.

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