keep a lid on


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is meant to keep a lid on the showdown by deterring China by keeping open the possibility of a US military response. Jessie Yeung, Nectar Gan And Steven Jiang, CNN, 24 May 2022 That means that cities across the country will continue to face restrictions as authorities struggle to keep a lid on increasingly transmissible variants. Amy Gunia, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 Israel is rushing to prop up the Palestinian Authority, promising loans, allowing infrastructure upgrades and holding talks with West Bank leaders, in a bid to stem Hamas’s growing influence and keep a lid on violent unrest. WSJ, 9 Feb. 2022 But some epidemiologists are cautiously optimistic that enough is being done to keep a lid on the virus over the winter. Fox News, 26 Nov. 2021 The increase in hiring and vacancies should help workers returning to the jobs market following the end of a salary support scheme, which the government introduced at the outset of the pandemic to keep a lid on job losses. Pan Pylas, ajc, 12 Oct. 2021 Alibaba appears to be trying to keep a lid on discussions of the matter. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 But a lot of spare capacity appears to remain, which could potentially keep a lid on prices. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 2 June 2021 In the aftermath, the Sheriff’s Department tried to keep a lid on the incident instead of following investigative protocols — even after determining that several more deputies had obtained photographs, according to sources not authorized to discuss the situation. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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“Keep a lid on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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