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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.
See also: leash, short
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Yet he possessed the skills of keeping the High Command in New Delhi, which always keeps state satraps on the short leash, on his side.
Doubtful, though not due to lack of intent but rather the short leash on which her department is likely being kept, the same leash most of Ottawa is choking on during these heady days of Canada's "New Government.