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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

  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

  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

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