keep a rein on


: 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.

Examples of keep a rein on in a Sentence

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“Keep a rein on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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