clamp

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1 clamp /ˈklæmp/ noun
plural clamps
1 clamp
/ˈklæmp/
noun
plural clamps
Learner's definition of CLAMP
[count]
: a device that holds or presses parts tightly together see picture at carpentry
British : denver boot
2 clamp /ˈklæmp/ verb
clamps; clamped; clamping
2 clamp
/ˈklæmp/
verb
clamps; clamped; clamping
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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