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English definition of “clampdown”

clampdown

noun [C]     /ˈklæmp.daʊn/
a sudden action taken by a government or people in authority to stop or limit a particular activity: Following the military coup, there has been a clampdown on press reporting in the capital.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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