keep (one) on a tight leash

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keep (one) on a tight leash

To maintain strict or tight control over one; to not allow one very much independence or autonomy. Ever since George nearly lost his life savings in a drunken poker match, his husband started keeping him on a tight leash. The boss has kept her assistant on a tight leash ever since she hired her.
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He rewarded her with gifts and praise but also kept her on a tight leash.