put a lid on
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
: to place in a specified position or relationship : lay
: to move in a specified direction
: to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust
: 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 (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d
: being in place : fixed, set
: a movable cover for the opening of a hollow container (such as a vessel or box)
: the operculum in mosses
: to cover or supply with a lid
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