keep a lid on

Definition of keep a lid on

  1. 1 :  to keep (something secret) from being known She tried to keep a lid on the news.

  2. 2 :  to control (something) :  to keep (something) from becoming worse The government has been unable to keep a lid on inflation.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to take notice of by appropriate conduct :  fulfill: such as

    :  to be faithful to

    :  to act fittingly in relation to

  1. :  custody, charge

    :  maintenance

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

  1. :  a movable cover for the opening of a hollow container (such as a vessel or box)

    :  eyelid

    :  the operculum in mosses

  1. :  to cover or supply with a lid

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