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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put a lid on it

informal To stop talking and be quiet. Usually used as an imperative. Put a lid on it, you two! I don't want to hear any more for the rest of the drive to Grandma's house.
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keep/put a/the ˈlid on something

try to make sure that people do not do something or find out about something: The government wants to keep the lid on discussion of tax reforms at the moment.
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