tighten the reins

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tighten the reins

To begin doing something more carefully or cautiously; to regain or tighten control of someone or something. This thesis you're planning is becoming unfocused. I think you should tighten the reins a bit. I wish those parents would tighten the rein on their kids, the little devils are tearing the place apart!
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Pressure has been building on Muslim community in recent months as communist party moves to tighten the rein on religious expression.
Restrictions in this bill would tighten the reins on the Administrations practice of transferring funds for purposes other than those intended by Congress, including the dramatic expansion of interior immigration enforcement.
If your blood sugar is on the high end of normal, tighten the reins on your diet.
Pressure has been building on the group in recent months as the Communist party moves to tighten the reins on religious expression.
It will particularly tighten the reins on those companies that have daughter firms in other countries and that, through mutual transactions, seek out ways to avoid having to pay taxes in Macedonia, said Deputy Prime Minister Koco Angjusev.
In these situations, bullies have only one recourse: tighten the reins around the subservient, confirm loyalty, weed out perceived traitors, and take out their frustrations on those who are still listening.
Now Bombardier - one of Northern Ireland's largest employers - has had to announce job cuts as they attempt to tighten the reins on their operation here in order to remain economically viable.
In an attempt to slow spending, the agency is rewriting job descriptions of officials so they may tighten the reins on judges who award an alarmingly high number of disability benefits cases.
and abroad never ceases to tighten the reins of both small and blue chip companies in the sector.
While striving to tighten the reins on problem owners, the rules are more bark than bite.
To improve his firm's control of its brokers' listings, his company made changes to its website to tighten the reins on individual brokers' pages.
For herring stocks, which have reached a new record low level, the Commission - which admits that, for a number of years, quotas for this stock have been set well above scientific advice - has decided to tighten the reins and reduce TACs (for the Western zone) to 15,884 tonnes (compared with 22,690 tonnes in 2010, or -30%) and to 91,640 tonnes (instead of 126,380 tonnes in 2010, ie -28%) for central stock.
I like people to enjoy their rugby but it was time to tighten the reins and lay the law down.
But in seeing what this has done to our membership, we have started to tighten the reins on the service.