keep a lid on (something)

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keep a lid on (something)

To keep the level of something from increasing drastically or beyond what is undesirable or dangerous. They were one of the few countries in the EU able to keep a lid on unemployment during the recession. The dictatorship has kept a tight lid on protests and public criticism of the government.
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keep a (or the) lid on

1 keep an emotion or process from going out of control. 2 keep something secret. informal
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