keep (one) on a tight leash

keep (one) on a tight leash

To maintain strict or tight control over one; to not allow one very much independence or autonomy. Ever since Sarah lost their life savings in a drunken poker match, her husband started keeping her on a tight leash. The boss has kept her assistant on a tight leash ever since she hired him.
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