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English definition of “clamp”

clamp

verb (FASTEN)    /klæmp/
[T usually + adv/prep] to fasten two things together, using a clamp: Clamp the two pieces of wood (together) for 15 minutes.Fastening and tying [T] mainly UK If the police or another person in authority clamps a vehicle, they fix a metal device to one of its wheels, usually because it is parked illegally. The device is usually only removed when the owner pays an amount of money: When I finally got back, I found my car had been clamped. → See also wheel clampPunishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingParking
(Definition of clamp verb (FASTEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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