a tight rein on (someone or something)

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a tight rein on (someone or something)

Strict control or dominance over someone or something. Ever since George nearly lost his life savings in a drunken poker match, his husband has had a tight rein on him. We try to keep a tight rein on our expenditures, but that's not always possible. The country's government has maintained a tight rein over its people since coming to power.
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tight rein on, a

Strict control over, as in We told them to keep a tight rein on spending for the next year. This expression alludes to the narrow strap (rein) attached to a bit and used to control a horse's movements. Rein has been used to refer to any kind of restraint since the first half of the 1400s.
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Before then the financial institutions kept a tight rein on what people could borrow for mortgages and house prices were kept in check.
"He has grown the chamber membership during tough economic conditions, whilst keeping a tight rein on spending."
UTILITY giant Severn Trent posted forecast-beating first half profits as it kept a tight rein on bad debts and made cost savings across the business.
However much the present Beijing government would like to keep a tight rein on developments, and blend the best of community planning with market forces, today's reality is more like the free-for-all 'Manchester capitalism' which Friedrich Engels described at the beginning of Britain's industrial revolution.
In contacting several larger handlers of nonferrous scrap, many say they have quit trying to comprehend the market and instead are focused on keeping a tight rein on the movement of material.
He holds a tight rein on his shepherds, who seem eager to do his bidding, and he is removing any hint of brokebacklash from the herd.
But Brummies kept a tight rein on their finances, spending only pounds 72 on themselves during the final three months of last year.
But a tight rein on costs, without rises in profits and market share, may not be enough to challenge Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.
Brian Lara's bowlers kept a tight rein on their rivals, who made steady if unspectacular progress early in their innings, before slumping from 65-1 to 71-3.
At the other end Crewe kept a tight rein on Millwall's veteran striker Steve Claridge.
Potentially, the throwaway card numbers could be used by teenagers whose parents want to keep track of their spending or by businesses that want to keep a tight rein on employee expenditures.
The federal government can best protect individual and consumer privacy by keeping a tight rein on its own extensive surveillance and information-swapping practices.
A combination of LifeKeeper, MySQL, Linux and Intel-based servers delivers maximum reliability and uptime that enable enterprise IT managers to keep a tight rein on their costs.
Keeping a tight rein on safety: One of Britain's biggest insurers reckons more horse sense is needed from motorists and equestrians.
"To make it do double duty-pursue social responsibility as well as your investment goal--is incompatible many times." Financial observers warn that investors who do proceed with such investments need to keep a tight rein on their political inclinations.