put a lid on (something)

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put a lid on (something)

To keep the level of something from increasing drastically or beyond what is undesirable or dangerous. They were one of the few countries in the EU able to put a lid on unemployment during the recession. The dictator has put a tight lid on protests and public criticism of the government.
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Could I suggest that if Wrexham put a lid on costly plans to go for city status they might still be able to afford to put lids on recycling bins?
Lee said somewhat looser lids would not lead to spoiled food, and called for international torque standards that might put a lid on the problem.
Recent lids included "Let's Put A Lid on Global Warming," "Make Your Voice `Cown't' for Organic Standards" and "Vote for Mom," a campaign designed to support environmental legislation.