clamp down on

clamp down on
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klamp doun on, awn]
    • /klæmp daʊn ɒn, ɔn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klamp doun on, awn]
    • /klæmp daʊn ɒn, ɔn/

Definitions of clamp down on words

  • noun clamp down on a device, usually of some rigid material, for strengthening or supporting objects or fastening them together. 1
  • noun clamp down on an appliance with opposite sides or parts that may be adjusted or brought closer together to hold or compress something. 1
  • noun clamp down on 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
  • noun clamp down on Also called clamp rail. Carpentry. a rail having a groove or a number of mortises for receiving the ends of a number of boards to bind them into a flat piece, as a drawing board or door. 1
  • noun clamp down on Nautical. a horizontal timber in a wooden hull, secured to ribs to support deck beams and to provide longitudinal strength. mast clamp. 1
  • verb with object clamp down on to fasten with or fix in a clamp. 1

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Origin of clamp down on

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 on


clamp down on 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 on

verb clamp down on

  • stifle — to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
  • suppress — to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.
  • censor — If someone in authority censors letters or the media, they officially examine them and cut out any information that is regarded as secret.
  • choke — When you choke or when something chokes you, you cannot breathe properly or get enough air into your lungs.
  • repress — to keep under control, check, or suppress (desires, feelings, actions, tears, etc.).

Antonyms for clamp down on

verb clamp down on

  • release — to lease again.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.

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