keep/hold somebody/something in check
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.
keep (someone or something) in check
To limit or restrain someone or something. We need to come up with provisions to keep the new director in check—otherwise, he'll totally dismantle our department.
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keep someone or something in checkand hold someone or something in check
to keep someone or something under control; to restrain someone or something. Hang on to this rope to keep the dog in check. I was so angry I could hardly hold myself in check.
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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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