put a check on

idiom

: to reduce or stop
The store hired a guard to put a check on shoplifting.

Examples of put a check on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Israel’s parliamentary system, there is no separate legislature to put a check on the executive, or prime minister. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 24 July 2023 But those dollars would be better spent making more races competitive in states where suburban and independent voters will be looking to put a check on Democratic excess. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2021 That task has fallen almost entirely to Democrats, who captured the House in 2018 to put a check on Mr. Trump and then ejected him from the White House in November. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2021 Most Republican strategists hope to keep the focus on Democrats, knowing voters typically want to put a check on those in power. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 17 Oct. 2021 The idea was to put a check on the social network’s power, which was being roundly criticized by government officials, academics and the public over allowing the spread of Russian disinformation, inflammatory political discourse and hate speech. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 And that there were institutions of government, such as the Justice Department and the courts, that could put a check on his impulses. Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2020 The Nasdaq shed 33% of its value last year as high inflation and interest rate hikes put a check on companies’ growth. Anna Cooban, CNN, 1 Feb. 2023 In that way, the midterm elections put a check on the power of the Biden administration. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2023 See More

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“Put a check on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20a%20check%20on. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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