Definition of keep a tight rein on in US English:

keep a tight rein on

phrase

  • Exercise strict control over; allow little freedom to.

    ‘her only chance of survival was to keep a tight rein on her feelings and words’
    • ‘But while the company controls advertising and chooses programmes, the state-run TV station keeps a tight rein on news programming.’
    • ‘In this way the ships captain kept a tight rein on his men and when the ship set sail it was with a suitably chastened crew, or so the Captain thought.’
    • ‘Analysts say the regime will keep a tight rein on dissidents and focus on securing social and political stability.’
    • ‘She's very spontaneous and can be aggressive at times, though she's usually able to keep a tight rein on that.’
    • ‘She almost seemed artificial, especially with how she kept a tight rein on her emotions, remaining perfectly in control at all times.’
    • ‘Revenues had to be grown through adding costs and capital to businesses and then keeping a tight rein on costs while watching profits grow.’
    • ‘The new policies are meant to keep a tight rein on teachers rather than students.’
    • ‘Morton keeps a tight rein on all aspects of the business.’
    • ‘She also defended the cost, and insisted she kept a tight rein on spending.’
    • ‘The filmmaker keeps a tight rein on her direction and storyline, and the film's strength lies in its view of war through the eyes of women.’
    exercise strict control over, keep on a tight rein, allow little freedom to, regulate, manage, discipline, regiment, keep in line, rule with a rod of iron
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