put the brakes on (someone or something)

put the brakes on (someone or something)

To slow, impede, or stop someone's or something's progress or activities. The recent economic downturn put the brakes on the government's plans for redeveloping the region's transportation system. They put the brakes on our department because they felt our criticism was too damaging to the company's image.
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put the brakes on someone

Fig. to block someone's activities; to cause someone to stop doing something. (Based on put the brakes on something.) The boss put the brakes on Gerald, who was trying too aggressively to get promoted. We are going to have to put the brakes on you if you make any more difficulties.
See also: brake, on, put

put the brakes on something

to halt or impede some process. The manager had to put the brakes on the Wilson project due to lack of funds. We will put the brakes on this project because it is costing too much money.
See also: brake, on, put

put the brakes on something

If someone or something puts the brakes on or puts the brakes on something, it causes a process or activity to slow down or stop. He put the brakes on his social life and concentrated on his work. The company needs to put the brakes on and slow things down. Note: You can also say that someone or something puts on the brakes. I was ready to make an offer on the house, until my wife put on the brakes.
See also: brake, on, put, something