pull in the reins

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pull in the reins

To begin doing something more carefully or cautiously; to regain or tighten control over someone or something. This thesis you're planning is becoming wildly unfocused—I think you should pull in the reins a bit! I wish those parents would pull in the reins on their kids—the little devils are tearing the place apart!
See also: pull, reins
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As an unpleasant economic reality emerged during 1993, the banking sector pulled in the reins and business slowed materially.