Meaning of “crackdown” in the English Dictionary

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"crackdown" in British English

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crackdownnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkræk.daʊn/ us /ˈkræk.daʊn/

C2 a situation in which someone starts to deal with bad or illegal behaviour in a more severe way:

There has been a series of government crackdowns on safety in factories.

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  • The police are having a crackdown on cyclists without lights.
  • The company is having a crackdown on personal internet use.
  • The school has started a crackdown on pupils who turn up late.

(Definition of “crackdown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crackdown" in American English

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crackdownnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkrækˌdɑʊn/

an action by an authority to stop something:

The government is calling for a crackdown on drivers who speed through red lights.

(Definition of “crackdown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)