keep a tight rein on

keep a tight rein on (someone or something)

To maintain strict or tight control over someone or something; to not allow someone or something 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. We try to keep a tight rein on our expenditures, but that's not always possible.
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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.
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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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Consumers gained more than $3.25 billion in benefits over 2 years from a Obamacare rule that compels insurers to keep a tight rein on overhead costs relative to the medical claims they pay out.
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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.
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All departments have been told to keep a tight rein on spending and more money has been put into reserves as the council faces up to further cost pressures in the year ahead.
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.
I hope for everyone they do now keep a tight rein on the young men who own these poor dogs.
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