clamp down on

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clamp down on

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To take measures to stop something; to put an end to.
    The government aims to clamp down on underage drinking.
    • 2018 July 3, Phil McNulty, “Colombia 1 - 1 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      American referee Mike Geiger's failure to clamp down on early misdemeanours led to him losing control of a game that Colombia seemed determined to turn into a battle.