Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

ride herd on

Definition of ride herd on

US informal

  1. :  to keep (someone or something) under close watch or control <We had to ride herd on them to make sure they completed the work on time.>



Word by Word Definitions

rideplay
  1. :  to sit and travel on the back of an animal that one directs

    :  to travel in or on a conveyance

    :  to travel as if on a conveyance :  be borne

  1. :  an act of riding

    :  a trip on horseback or by vehicle

    :  a way (as a road or path) suitable for riding

herdplay
  1. :  a number of animals of one kind kept together under human control

    :  a congregation of gregarious wild animals

    :  a group of people usually having a common bond

  1. :  to gather, lead, or drive as if in a herd

    :  to keep or move (animals) together

    :  to place in a group


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ride herd on? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!