Definition of keep/hold in check
- He's trying to hold his emotions in check.
- The government has lowered interest rates in an attempt to keep inflation in check.
: to retain in one's possession or power
: to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing
: to have in control
: the means or provisions by which one is kept
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: fortress, castle
: to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal
: to have as a privilege or position of responsibility
: to have as a mark of distinction
: confinement, custody
: the interior of a ship below decks
: the cargo compartment of a plane
: exposure of a chess king to an attack from which he must be protected or moved to safety
: a sudden stoppage of a forward course or progress : arrest
: a checking of an opposing player (as in ice hockey)
: to put (a chess king) in check
: rebuke, reprimand
: to slow or bring to a stop : brake
used to express assent or agreement
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