keep a tight rein on

keep a tight rein on someone or something

 and keep a close rein on someone or something
Fig. to watch and control someone or something diligently. (Alludes to controlling a horse by a tight grip on the reins.) The office manager kept a tight rein on the staff. Mary keeps a close rein on her children.
See also: keep, on, rein, tight

keep a tight rein on somebody/something

to control someone or something carefully Clarke has consistently pointed to the need to keep a tight rein on government finances. He kept a tight rein on his daughter.
See also: keep, on, rein, tight

keep a tight rein on somebody/something

  also keep somebody/something on a tight rein
to have a lot of control over someone or something He made ends meet by keeping a tight rein on his budget. Our parents always kept us on a pretty tight rein.
See also: keep, on, rein, tight
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FIRMS have been urged to keep a tight rein on finances in the light of turbulence on the stock market, it was said today.
Transport charges for hundreds of A-level students in Northumberland are to be reduced - despite plans to keep a tight rein on any council tax hikes.
It is so easy to go beyond one's measure, all too easy to increase rather than to reduce, or to lose control rather than keep a tight rein on things.
However much the present Beijing government would like to keep a tight rein on developments, and blend the best of community planning with market forces, today's reality is more like the free-for-all 'Manchester capitalism' which Friedrich Engels described at the beginning of Britain's industrial revolution.
The switch in fuel has been amplified by the prospect of war in Iraq, causing many refiners to keep a tight rein on supplies.
Potentially, the throwaway card numbers could be used by teenagers whose parents want to keep track of their spending or by businesses that want to keep a tight rein on employee expenditures.
A combination of LifeKeeper, MySQL, Linux and Intel-based servers delivers maximum reliability and uptime that enable enterprise IT managers to keep a tight rein on their costs.
Financial observers warn that investors who do proceed with such investments need to keep a tight rein on their political inclinations.
The managing partners all keep a tight rein on receivables but use different strategies to conserve cash.
The board's executive committee will be replaced with a new management group ordered to keep a tight rein on planning.
Organizations can now keep a tight rein on data access and account changes, while being more operationally efficient.
In what is being called Bloody Monday by team executives and coaches around the league, the dismissals were carried out for a variety of reasons, ranging from not living up to high expectations to failing to keep a tight rein on players.
We are undertaking many significant changes which require time to implement and assess, so going forward, we will continue to keep a tight rein on corporate expenses while strengthening the company for sustainable, long-term sales and earnings growth.