Definition of keep someone under in US English:

keep someone under

phrasal verb

  • Hold a person or group in subjection.

    ‘the local people are kept under by the army’
    • ‘the true church is very much kept under by its enemies.’
    • ‘Before that time comes, he will have conquered our kingdom and our people and our cities, and kept them under by force of arms for many years.’
    • ‘Hungary was then regarded at Vienna as a conquered realm, whose naturally rebellious inhabitants could only be kept under by force of arms.’
    keep in subjection, keep in submission, hold down, keep down, keep under one's thumb, subdue, subject, suppress, repress, oppress, tyrannize over, tyrannize
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