be kept on a tight leash

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be kept on a tight leash

To be strictly controlled (by someone); to not be allowed very much independence or autonomy. George has been kept on a tight leash by his husband ever since he gambled away their life savings at a poker match. Everyone feels like they've been kept on a tight leash ever since that new manager took over.
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The rowdy kids were kept on a tight leash, and the after party show went off; Gravette sang for Nihilist and Bad Shit smashed every bottle and glass in the place.