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clamp

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclampclamp1 /klæmp/ verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 [always + adverb/preposition]PUT 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 somebody3 [always + adverb/preposition] to hold two things together using a clamp 🔊 Clamp the two parts together until the glue dries.4 (also wheel-clamp) British English 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 syn boot American English 🔊 He returned, only to discover his car had been clamped. Grammar Clamp is usually passive in this meaning. → clamp down→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
clamp• Leaks from Clinton's team suggest Democrats may clamp down on the massive amounts executives can earn.• As she did so, a rusty trap sprang shut, clamping her left foot.• He clamped his mouth shut, agitated.• The resident here has clamped his opponent and is lifting him away from the tunnel entrance.• Then a large warm hand clamped over her own fumbling fingers and gently removed them so that he could work the latch.• But as she reached the door, one hand on the door-handle, suddenly an iron band clamped round her arm.• The impulse to shout can be inhibited by clamping the upper chest so that breathing becomes shallow and energy is dampened.
clampclamp2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 clamp.jpg TDa piece of equipment for holding things together2 TTC (also wheel clamp) British English 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 syn boot American English
Examples from the Corpus
clamp• Miguel had a clamp in the glove compartment.• This can usually be accomplished from ground level with a variety of hooks, shovels and clamps attached to long poles.• You will also find them useful for other jobs that need a small locking clamp.• It was stacked with the usual assortment of crates and containers, impregnable behind an ingenious array of clamps and locks.• A web clamp is useful for holding frames together while the glue sets.
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Verb table
clamp
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyclamp
he, she, itclamps
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyclamped
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave clamped
he, she, ithas clamped
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad clamped
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill clamp
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have clamped
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam clamping
he, she, itis clamping
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you, we, theyare clamping
Past
I, he, she, itwas clamping
you, we, theywere clamping
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been clamping
he, she, ithas been clamping
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been clamping
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be clamping
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been clamping
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