keep a rein on

Definition of keep a rein on

  1. :  to limit or control (something) We need to keep a rein on our spending. He keeps a tight rein on every part of the process.

Word by Word Definitions

keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

reinplay
  1. :  a restraining influence :  check

    :  opportunity for unhampered activity or use

  1. :  to control or direct with or as if with reins

    :  to check or stop by or as if by a pull at the reins

    :  to submit to the use of reins


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