put a lid on

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put a lid on (something)

to stop something from increasing The mayor wants to put a lid on spending. Diplomats hope to put a lid on rising tensions between the two countries.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form put a lid on it (stop complaining): Put a lid on it, Jeff, would you please?
See also: lid, on, put