keep close tabs on (someone or something)

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keep close tabs on (someone or something)

To routinely monitor or observe someone or something; to keep track of someone or something. It was revealed that the FBI kept close tabs on him for years just because he once attended a meeting of a radical group. Keep close tabs on the amount of feedback we get so that we know how many people this issue affects.
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By constantly checking vehicle movements, credit card transactions, bank records and meetings Gardai keep close tabs on the suspects.
* "It will be instructive for all of us to keep close tabs on Greenspan in high office, particularly to see (a) if his public statements and official reports will be any better than those of Stein, Shultz and the rest, and (b) if he has any appreciable free market effect on government policy.