keep something under control

keep something under control
bring/get/keep sth under conˈtrol idiom
to succeed in dealing with sth so that it does not cause any damage or hurt anyone

It took two hours to bring the fire under control.

Please keep your dog under control!

Main entry:controlidiom

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  • bring something under control — bring/get/keep sth under conˈtrol idiom to succeed in dealing with sth so that it does not cause any damage or hurt anyone • It took two hours to bring the fire under control. • Please keep your dog under control! Main entry: ↑controlidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • get something under control — bring/get/keep sth under conˈtrol idiom to succeed in dealing with sth so that it does not cause any damage or hurt anyone • It took two hours to bring the fire under control. • Please keep your dog under control! Main entry: ↑controlidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • under control — phrase if something is under control, people are able to limit it or make it do what they want it to do It was several hours before firefighters could get the blaze under control. keep/​have something under control: He sometimes has difficulty… …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep something in check — CURB, restrain, hold back, keep a tight rein on, rein in/back; control, govern, master, suppress, stifle; informal keep a lid on. → check * * * keep/hold/someone/​something in check …   Useful english dictionary

  • under control — if something is under control, people are able to limit it or make it do what they want it to do It was several hours before firefighters could get the blaze under control. keep/have something under control: He sometimes has difficulty keeping… …   English dictionary

  • keep something in check — hold/keep (something/someone) in check to keep something or someone under control, usually to stop them becoming too large or too powerful. The natural order of things is that the predators of an animal keep the population in check. The central… …   New idioms dictionary

  • control — con|trol1 W1S1 [kənˈtrəul US ˈtroul] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(make somebody/something do what you want)¦ 2¦(power)¦ 3¦(way of limiting something)¦ 4¦(ability to stay calm)¦ 5¦(machine/vehicle)¦ 6¦(people who organize activity)¦ 7¦(scientific test)¦… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • keep — keep1 [ kip ] (past tense and past participle kept [ kept ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 stay in state/position ▸ 2 (make) continue/repeat ▸ 3 continue to have ▸ 4 store ▸ 5 (make) stay within limit ▸ 6 do what you said ▸ 7 provide money for ▸ 8 take care of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • keep — [kiːp] verb kept PTandPP [kept] 1. [transitive] to store something that will be useful: • The Credit Reference Agency keeps files on individuals debt records. • You should keep a supply of forms. 2 …   Financial and business terms

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