clamp down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clamp down repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable) "The police clamped down on illegal drugs"
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Usage

In literature:

Then she caught me peeking and clamped down a mind screen that made the old so-called "Iron Curtain" resemble a rusty sieve.
"The Big Fix" by George Oliver Smith
He jerked down, clamped the hand with his left, then pressed up and took a quick step forward.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
I clamped down, gave the key to one of the men behind the desk after we had gone below, and turned to Jack.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I clamped down tight, and his lights went out.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
About eighty years ago, we clamped down and closed the door on immigrants; established a quota.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
His hands were fastened on the runners as if they were clamped down with iron.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
The two divisions closed down like the clamps of a vise.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A firm hand clamped down heavily on his shoulder.
"Next Door, Next World" by Robert Donald Locke
It was as if an iron shutter had suddenly been pulled down and clamped home between them.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Mormon felt the pressure of Russell's thigh-muscles closing relentlessly, clamping down on his chest, shutting off oxygen.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
On the ninth I shut down, clamped with my thumbs, and froze there.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Wasil threw over the links and clamped down the bolts with a grunt of satisfaction.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
Maybe the law has clamped down on some of them.
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
I will confess I gave a last long, lingering look at the shore before the hatch of the conning tower was clamped down.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Asher screamed and clamped his ear discs down tight.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
I clamped my legs to the horse, held my breath, and went down in the saddle.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
The hold-down clamps had hardly gripped it when a figure sprang out from an opened door.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Our Russkie friends clamped down a censorship on news.
"Combat" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The prohibition lid is clamped down pretty tight around here.
"In Jeopardy" by Van Tassel Sutphen
It was closely nailed down, with clamps and rivets of iron.
"Great Ghost Stories" by Various
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In news:

Some NFL teams clamp down on tweets.
Feds clamp down on Medicare abuse.
Police should clamp down on gangs.
Clamp down on Halloween mess proves successful for Glendale residents.
Vols realize need to clamp down better.
Florida Gators clamp down on LSU for huge win.
After chaotic start, Raptors clamp down on Owlz.
Hoyas clamp down on Friars for 63-53 victory.
Lawmakers Want To Clamp Down On Coal Tax Credits.
Clamp down on gun-clip overkill.
Sound Transit to clamp down on illegal parking at stations, park-and-ride lots.
Defense does the job as Clippers clamp down on Bulls, 101-80.
Germany are intensifying efforts to clamp down on loopholes that allow big international companies to minimize their tax bills.
UN rights agency condemns Islamic Republic's expanding " clamp down on critical voices".
Boston police clamp down on slam dancing.
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In science:

When the instrument is raised up to the bench, the four opposing sets of pucks are aligned and clamped together, with the dewar and coronagraphic optics hanging down (Figure 1).
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
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