keep/hold in check

Definition of keep/hold in check

  1. :  to keep (something) under control He's trying to hold his emotions in check. The government has lowered interest rates in an attempt to keep inflation in check.

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

holdplay
  1. :  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

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

checkplay
  1. :  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)

  1. :  to put (a chess king) in check

    :  rebuke, reprimand

    :  to slow or bring to a stop :  brake

  1. : used to express assent or agreement


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