keep a tight grip on (someone or something)

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keep a tight grip 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 lost most of their life savings in a drunken poker match, Dana has started keeping a tight grip on the family finances. The boss has kept a tight grip on her assistant ever since she first hired him.
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He had kept a tight grip on power in the oil-rich former French colony since he became president in 1967.
Whatever it was - cape, scarf, big belt, skirt or dress - the former Brookie star kept a tight grip on it as she made her way to the Liverpool Bar And Grill.
As trade rose, politicians kept a tight grip on spending, cutting Brazil's debt to 51.6% in 2005 from 61.7% three years earlier while hard-currency reserves rose to more than $55 billion, more than double the debt obligations maturing this year.
This enthusiasm for tight monetary policy helps to explain why the portrait Bartley paints of former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, who kept a tight grip on the money reins for most of the eighties, is positively hagiographic.
Seaman, who wanted to be an ice dancer before taking up football, kept a tight grip on partner Zoia Birmingham.