keep a lid on


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

keep a lid on (something)

to maintain control over something His forces kept a lid on unrest for nearly eight years.
See also: keep, lid, on

keep a lid on something

to control the level of something in order to stop it increasing Economic difficulties continued and the government intervened to keep a lid on inflation.
See also: keep, lid, on