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

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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!
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Desperate to maintain their shares of the fixed-line telecommunications market, incumbent operators TeliaSonera Finland and the Elisa Communications group are engaged in a long-running acquisition spree, each vying to seek out and bring under their control the most financially attractive of Finland's 40 or so independent local telephone companies (most of which are gathered together under Finnet Ltd, the country's third-largest fixed-line player).