short leash

short leash

A phrase that highlights one's lack of independence or autonomy due to being strongly controlled by another. George has been on a short leash with his husband ever since he gambled away their life savings at a poker match. Everyone feels like they're on a short leash at the office ever since that new manager took over.
See also: leash, short
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He sometimes attaches a short leash to a stake if a dog keeps breaking before he is given a command.
Alerted to the danger of leaving somebody in power too long by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Chinese Communist Party has kept its leaders on a short leash since the early 1990s.
Kim Jong-un is a snarling pet kept on a short leash by his handlers.
I dug a short leash out of my bird vest and put it in my pocket.
Prediction: Sabathia will likely have a solid outing, while Morton will be on a short leash.
Get it checked once every six months |Limit stress: keeping worry on a short leash will benefit your mind.
Sorry, Birthrighters, this probably isn't for youI know you have a short leash.
BARACK Obama and Donald Trump exchange greetings like two early morning dog-walkers hoping to keep their true feelings on a short leash.
We have kept him on a short leash, (giving him a contract of) one year," he revealed.
The novel is told from the points of view of the innocent but perceptive Grace and six of her neighbors, including the absent-minded Dorothy; Brian, kept on a short leash by his overbearing mother; and John Creasy, the increasingly frantic husband of the missing woman.
Nevertheless, in trying to do the right thing, he too often breaks the rules, and so is on a short leash at the job.
He was always kept on a short leash, restrained by an iron chain and collar.
Less than two blocks east of the Roosevelt stop on Roosevelt Street is Short Leash Sit .
They should also remember that voters will keep them on a short leash, watching how effectively they will govern.