under control

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under control

1. In a state in which the elements of a situation are functioning or occurring as they are desired or required; managed or handled such that the desired conditions continue. The babysitter said that the kids are already in bed and that everything is under control. That leak still isn't under control. We really ought to call a plumber.
2. Subject to one's authority, force, or influence. In this usage, a possessive pronoun can be used between "under" and "control." I'm not under your control—I'll do as I like! She has fought long and hard to get the company back under her control. Now that the region is under the dictator's control, many fear for the safety of its citizens.
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*under control

Fig. manageable; restrained and controlled; not out of control. (*Typically: be ~; bring someone or something ~; get someone or something ~; have someone or something ~; keep someone or something ~.) We finally got things under control and functioning smoothly. The doctor felt she had the disease under control and that I would get well soon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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