put a lid on

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put a lid on

1 :to stop (something) from growing or becoming worse
  • These changes are intended to put a lid on rising medical costs.
2 informal :to stop doing or saying (something)
  • He angrily told them to put a lid on their complaints.
  • I'm tired of listening to your complaints, so just put a lid on it!
3 :to cause the end or failure of (something)
  • The government used the army to put a lid on the rebellion.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

lid play
  1. : a movable cover for the opening of a hollow container (such as a vessel or box)

  2. : eyelid

  3. : the operculum in mosses

  1. : to cover or supply with a lid


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