put a lid on

Definition of put a lid on

  1. 1 :  to stop (something) from growing or becoming worse These changes are intended to put a lid on rising medical costs.

  2. 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. 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

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

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

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

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

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

    :  eyelid

    :  the operculum in mosses

  1. :  to cover or supply with a lid

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