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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.
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Dubai: As the countdown to the annual Dubai Pet Festival begins, pet owners are being urged to make sure their dogs are on short leashes while cats are brought in carriages.
Keep dogs on short leashes for more control in heavy traffic.
She's constantly preparing food for her four sons, who, as "Animal Kingdom" begins, are feeling restive on their short leashes.
Central are on short leashes as the regulator seeks to sell them off, in whole or part.
So if you're planning a trip south, don't forget the short leashes for your pets.
Pet owners will have to use short leashes for their dogs.
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