bring under control

bring someone or something under one's control

to achieve dominion over someone or something. The dictator was at last able to bring the army under his control. Harry could not bring Ron under his control. Walter could not be brought under Lily's control.
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References in classic literature ?
So Rebecca, during her stay at Queen's Crawley, made as many friends of the Mammon of Unrighteousness as she could possibly bring under control.
Appliances from Spennymoor, Durham and Bishop Auckland attended the blaze, which they managed to bring under control after 45 minutes.
Just before 3pm, another fire broke out in Tsada, taking over 90 minutes to bring under control.
Actions taken to bring under control the size and cost of government are significant, both from the standpoint of the fiscal well-being of the city, and from the perception that New York's competitiveness and attractiveness as a business location are being enhanced.
In the first Gulf War, we helped bring under control half the oil wells in Kuwait.
MARTIAN LANDSCAPE A firefighter walks across the fell after the blaze which took hours to bring under control.
FlameOut(r) will be used to bring under control a fire in a sawdust pit that has been burning for 5 months.