lid on

*lid on something

1. Lit. a cover on something, such as a pot, pan, etc. (*Typically: get ~; keep ~; put ~.) Keep the lid on the pot until the stew is almost done. Put the lid on the skillet for just a little while.
2. Fig. a scheme to suppress a scandalous or embarrassing situation and keep it secret. (*Typically: get ~; keep ~; put ~.) We can't keep the lid on this any longer. The press has got wind of it.
See also: lid, on
References in classic literature ?
At a look from grandfather, Fuchs and Jelinek placed the lid on the box, and began to nail it down over Mr.