clamp

clamp
clamp1 [klæmp] v [T]
1.) [always + adverb/preposition]
to put or hold something in a position so that it cannot move
She clamped her hands over her ears.
Creed opened his mouth to speak, then clamped it shut .
2.) clamp sanctions/restrictions etc on sb
to put limits on what someone is allowed to do
The President clamped sanctions on the island after the bomb attack.
3.) [always + adverb/preposition]
to hold two things together, using a clamp
Clamp the two parts together until the glue dries.
4.) also wheel-clamp [usually passive]
BrE to put a clamp on the wheel of a car so that the car cannot be driven away. This is usually done because the car is illegally parked
American Equivalent: boot
He returned, only to discover his car had been clamped.
clamp down phr v
to take firm action to stop a particular type of crime
clamp down on
The police are clamping down on drink-driving offenders.
clamp 2
clamp2 n
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Probably from an unrecorded Middle Dutch klampe]
1.) a piece of equipment for holding things together
2.) also wheel clamp
BrE a metal object that is fastened to the wheel of a car so that the car cannot be driven away. This is usually done because the car is illegally parked
American Equivalent: boot

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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