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hold (someone or something) in check
To limit or restrain someone or something; to keep someone or something from becoming too powerful or influential. We need to come up with provisions to hold the new director in check—otherwise, he'll totally dismantle our department.
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keep/hold somebody/something in ˈcheckcontrol somebody/something: The disease is kept in check with drugs. ♢ It was difficult to hold their enthusiasm in check.
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