tighten the reins

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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
References in classic literature ?
Dominicus knew the place; and the little mare stopped short by instinct; for he was not conscious of tightening the reins.
Joel Anderson was tasked with tightening the reins of the facility and preventing further mishaps.
Tightening the reins on the railway administration, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday announced a series of measures according topmost priority to passenger safety in the wake of Friday's stampede which killed 23 Mumbai commuters.
Bankers at the moment see no reasons for tightening the reins on the monetary policy which would result in higher interest rates.
WASHINGTON -- Tightening the reins on the nation's sweeping surveillance operations, President Barack Obama on Friday ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans -- and moved toward eventually stripping the massive data collection from the government's hands.
Due to their political significance, these institutes were under a microscope with authorities tightening the reins on campus activities.
Everyone's just tightening the reins here" on oil trades, Schork said.
With lawsuits and regulatory scrutiny increasing, pharmaceutical companies are tightening the reins on their promotional programs.
Riding to the rescue of special needs kids ROSEWORTH Primary School in Stockton was able to keep up with special riding lessons despite the government tightening the reins.
Oddly whilst he was promoting the legalisation of drugs he was also tightening the reins on the drug dealers in North Wales and he had an excellent team of officers in the drugs squad who spent hours on surveillance in all kinds of weather and at great risk to themselves in view of the callous nature of some of the dealers.
When little shivers like rippling waves run across its skin, tightening the reins, so that it doesn't surge into a gallop.
A growing number of state governments are tightening the reins on databases involving concealed weapon permits, making it nearly impossible for reporters to uncover information potentially vital to the public's interest.
led to greater federal interest in tightening the reins.
President Bush has allocated substantial increases in federal funding to the SEC and GSE regulators, as a sign of his commitment to combating corporate fraud and tightening the reins on government sponsored enterprises (GSEs).
Members of the Valley Glen group complain that the city is tightening the reins to ensure that the group is subservient to the city rather than independent.