bring under control

bring (someone or something) under (one's) control

1. To assume a position of power over a person, group, or thing. The terms of the treaty bring our country under the king's control. I think you'll have a hard time bringing the department under your control—they're very loyal to their old boss.
2. To assert control over someone or something, especially to limit their or its actions or potentially negative effects. In this usage, a pronoun does not need to be used between "under" and "control." Thankfully, the teacher was able to bring all the screaming kids under control.
See also: bring, control

bring someone or something under one's control

to achieve dominion over someone or something. The dictator was at last able to bring the army under his control. Harry could not bring Ron under his control. Walter could not be brought under Lily's control.
See also: bring, control

bring/get/keep something under conˈtrol

succeed in dealing with something so that it does not cause any harm: It took two hours to bring the fire under control.Please keep your dog under control!
References in classic literature ?
So Rebecca, during her stay at Queen's Crawley, made as many friends of the Mammon of Unrighteousness as she could possibly bring under control.
Appliances from Spennymoor, Durham and Bishop Auckland attended the blaze, which they managed to bring under control after 45 minutes.
Just before 3pm, another fire broke out in Tsada, taking over 90 minutes to bring under control.
Actions taken to bring under control the size and cost of government are significant, both from the standpoint of the fiscal well-being of the city, and from the perception that New York's competitiveness and attractiveness as a business location are being enhanced.
A dog, believed to be stray, was killed in the fire which took less than an hour to bring under control, although firefighters continued to monitor the smouldering building throughout the day.