under control

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of under control

:able to be handled or managed with success :not out of control
  • She remained calm and kept the situation under control.
  • A year after the divorce, he finally got his life back under control.
  • The firefighters got the fire under control.
  • You need to get your drinking/gambling/anger under control.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

control play
  1. : to check, test, or verify by evidence or experiments

  2. : to incorporate suitable controls in

  3. : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate

  1. : an act or instance of controlling

  2. : skill in the use of a tool, instrument, technique, or artistic medium

  3. : the regulation of economic activity especially by government directive


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