put the lid on


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put the lid on something

  (British old-fashioned)
if something that happens puts the lid on a plan, it causes the plan to fail When James resigned that put the lid on the whole project.
See also: lid, on, put

put the lid on

Also, keep the lid on. Suppress, as in I don't know how but we'll have to put the lid on that rumor about her, or Let's keep the lid on our suspicions. The word lid here is used in the sense of "a cover for a container." [Early 1900s]
See also: lid, on, put