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short leash

A phrase that highlights one's lack of independence or autonomy due to being strongly controlled by another. George has been on a short leash with his husband ever since he gambled away their life savings at a poker match. Everyone feels like they're on a short leash at the office ever since that new manager took over.
See also: leash, short
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Start with the dog on a short leash, standing, walk to the end of the leash and command him to come.
We were on a short leash for a while, but now the girls are starting to realize we can do this.
Picture your pooch's head poking out from the top of this Gucci dog bag, $650-$720, which includes a removable interior cushion, a double-zip side opening, and a short leash attached to the interior.
Father Joe never tries to tether Tony with a short leash.
The final segment explains why John Leo keeps Intel (INTC) on a short leash but gives Motorola (MOT) a wide swath.
Nearly every guide dog starts off being raised in the home of a volunteer who trains the animal in the basics, including eating at regularly scheduled times and walking on a short leash to prevent it from running ahead.
The attorney said King is on a short leash and has much to lose if he fails to stay clean and sober or if he breaks the law again.
Fikse's job: Nate Fikse will take over the kicking duties from Chris Griffith this week, and he won't have a short leash, coach Bob Toledo said Thursday.