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clamp

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1clamp/ˈklæmp/noun
pluralclamps
1clamp
/ˈklæmp/
noun
pluralclamps
Learner's definition of CLAMP  
[count]
: a device that holds or presses parts tightly together
— see picture at carpentry
British 
2clamp/ˈklæmp/verb
clampsclampedclamping
2clamp
/ˈklæmp/
verb
clampsclampedclamping
Learner's definition of CLAMP  
[+ object]
: to hold or press (things or parts of a thing) tightly together with a device: to fasten or tighten (something) with a clamp
: to press or squeeze (something)
British 
: 2boot 4

clamp down on

[phrasal verb]
clamp down on (someone or something) 
: to try harder to punish (people who are doing something that is not legal or proper): to work harder to stop (a crime)
— see also clampdown

clamp on

[phrasal verb]chiefly US
clamp (something) on (something or someone) 
: to officially set (a limit, rule, punishment, etc.) for (someone or something)
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