be kept on a short leash

be kept on a short leash

To be strictly controlled (by someone); to not be allowed very much independence or autonomy. George has been kept on a short 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 short leash ever since that new manager took over.
See also: kept, leash, on, short
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For them it went almost without saying that someone would be sent over from Switzerland to assume the presidency of EEI and that the American company would be kept on a short leash by the home office.