keep a lid on

idiom

Definition of keep a lid on

1 : to keep (something secret) from being known She tried to keep a lid on the news.
2 : to control (something) : to keep (something) from becoming worse The government has been unable to keep a lid on inflation.

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“Keep a lid on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20a%20lid%20on. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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