keep a tight rein on

keep a tight rein on (someone or something)

To maintain strict or tight control over someone; to not allow someone very much independence or autonomy. Ever since George nearly lost his life savings in a drunken poker match, his husband has started keeping a tight rein on him. The boss has kept a tight rein on her assistant since she hired her.
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keep a tight rein on someone or something

 and keep a close rein on someone or something
Fig. to watch and control someone or something diligently. (Alludes to controlling a horse by a tight grip on the reins.) The office manager kept a tight rein on the staff. Mary keeps a close rein on her children.
See also: keep, on, rein, tight

keep a tight rein on

exercise strict control over; allow little freedom to.
See also: keep, on, rein, tight

keep a tight ˈrein on somebody/something

(also keep somebody/something on a tight ˈleash) control somebody/something very carefully; give somebody/something very little freedom: The company must keep a tight rein on spending.She keeps her children on a tight leash to make sure they don’t get into trouble. OPPOSITE: give/allow somebody/something free/full rein
A leash is used to hold and control a dog, and a rein is used to control a horse.
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FIRMS have been urged to keep a tight rein on finances in the light of turbulence on the stock market, it was said today.
Transport charges for hundreds of A-level students in Northumberland are to be reduced - despite plans to keep a tight rein on any council tax hikes.
It is so easy to go beyond one's measure, all too easy to increase rather than to reduce, or to lose control rather than keep a tight rein on things.
However much the present Beijing government would like to keep a tight rein on developments, and blend the best of community planning with market forces, today's reality is more like the free-for-all 'Manchester capitalism' which Friedrich Engels described at the beginning of Britain's industrial revolution.
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Financial observers warn that investors who do proceed with such investments need to keep a tight rein on their political inclinations.
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The board's executive committee will be replaced with a new management group ordered to keep a tight rein on planning.
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In what is being called Bloody Monday by team executives and coaches around the league, the dismissals were carried out for a variety of reasons, ranging from not living up to high expectations to failing to keep a tight rein on players.
We are undertaking many significant changes which require time to implement and assess, so going forward, we will continue to keep a tight rein on corporate expenses while strengthening the company for sustainable, long-term sales and earnings growth.
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