put the brakes on something

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