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English definition of “come down on sb/sth”

come down on sb/sth

phrasal verb with come     /kʌm/ verb (came, come)
to punish or criticize a person or activity very strongly: They're coming down heavily on people for not paying their licence fees. The authorities plan to come down hard on truancy in future.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of come down on sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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