put a lid on (something)

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put a lid on (something)

To keep the level of something from increasing drastically or beyond what is undesirable or dangerous. They were one of the few countries in the EU able to put a lid on unemployment during the recession. The dictatorship has put a tight lid on protests and public criticism of the government.
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