have (one) on a short leash(redirected from having them on short leashes)
have (one) on a short leash
To maintain strict or tight control over one; to not allow one very much independence or autonomy. Poor George seems like doesn't get out too much these days. I think his husband has him on a short leash. The boss has had her assistant on a short leash ever since she hired her.
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