tighten the reins

tighten the reins

To begin doing something more carefully or cautiously; to regain or tighten control of someone or something. This thesis you're planning is becoming unfocused. I think you should tighten the reins a bit. I wish those parents would tighten the rein on their kids, the little devils are tearing the place apart!
See also: reins, tighten

tighten the reins

to start to control something or someone more carefully (often + on ) She has tightened the reins on her younger sons in an effort to curb their wild behaviour before it's too late.
See also: reins, tighten
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To tighten the reins on fraudsters and scammers, firstly, the honest lot (be it doctors or patient) needs to be more aware about this expensive five letter word-fraud
While striving to tighten the reins on problem owners, the rules are more bark than bite.
To improve his firm's control of its brokers' listings, his company made changes to its website to tighten the reins on individual brokers' pages.
I like people to enjoy their rugby but it was time to tighten the reins and lay the law down.
But in seeing what this has done to our membership, we have started to tighten the reins on the service.
DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama, who is set to become prime minister if his party takes power, looked pleased with the survey results but said he realizes a need to tighten the reins down the homestretch of the campaign.
ACOUNTANCY practices are thriving as businesses tighten the reins and keep a closer eye on their financial situation.
SMALL businesses on Teesside are turning in ever greater numbers to alternative funding agencies as banks tighten the reins on lending.
He is also trying to tighten the reins a little bit with Dixon, who said he got himself into trouble last season with risky attempts to make big plays.
Although it is sad that it takes incidents like the murder of a teenager to force us to address the issues of discipline and the moral conduct of young people, this should be taken as an opportunity to tighten the reins and hopefully turn future British adults into moral, decent people.
Clubs must tighten the reins until they're able to move forward in a more sensible manner.
14: If the Waves can tighten the reins defensively, then there's more than enough offense to secure an upset.
4-fold rise, such as payment delay by contracting companies attempting to tighten the reins on subcontractors to deal with the prolonged economic slump.
Nowhere in the industry is this process more apparent than in new construction, as financial markets have turned a wary eye towards new hotel development and owners attempt to tighten the reins on projects currently in the pipeline.
2] When the draconian controls do not cut costs sufficiently, the natural reactions are to put in more controls, send in the auditing team, and tighten the reins.