What does 'camp down' mean in the sentence: the army camped down on them with rape and murder?

Does it connote something like attack or offend?

  • Clamp down, not camp down. Otherwise typo. Aug 9, 2015 at 8:15
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is based on a simple typo.
    – tchrist
    Aug 9, 2015 at 14:38

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Probably just a typo - should be The army clamped down on them . . .

  • yeah, it is very likely. i found the sentence in an English hand out by a coaching. also, the meaning is nailed by clamp down. Aug 9, 2015 at 8:28

Camp down pitch, set up - erect and fasten; "pitch a tent"

I think you're witnessing poetic licence being taken here. The sentence is meant to evoke the idea that rape and murder are what the army used to set up camp. Makes a kind of macabre sense. Kill enough people and the housing market will open up to the point that you don't need a tent.

  • i figured something close, but then i had to do the labour of remote imagination. however, i think it can also be a typo, as @Tim mentioned. Aug 9, 2015 at 8:32

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