in check

in check

Under control; contained or restrained. You've got to find a way to keep the company's expenses in check, or you could end up going bankrupt. He was careful to keep his displeasure in check as he unwrapped the present from his wife.
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in check

Restrained from moving or acting; under control. For example, The first division held the enemy in check, or Mary kept her emotions in check. This term replaced at check and out of check, which date from the mid-1500s.
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At the door, non-members pay $100 in check or cash [no credit cards.]
Abagnale speaks with some authority on the subject of counterfeiting: A boy wonder of the world of bunko, he forged $2.5 million in checks by the time he was 25, passing phony paper in 26 different countries.