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Idiom of the week – Clamp down

Posted by englishlessons on March 24, 2014

Definition:

take steps to limit or control a particular activity

Examples:

After she received a poor grade in her math class, her parents clamped down on her outside activities so she would have more time to study.

The government instituted a curfew to clamp down on social unrest in the country.

TOEFL® Tip:

Note that “clamp down” is a phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs are included on the TOEFL® test as they are so frequent in English. Look for the the “TOEFL® phrasal verbs” graphic which highlights the phrasal verbs in the Idioms in English programs.

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