hold something in check

keep/hold/someone/​something in check phrase
to control someone or something that might cause damage or harm

attempts to hold global warming in check

Thesaurus: to limit or control something or someonesynonym
Main entry: check

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hold/keep sth in ˈcheck idiom
to keep sth under control so that it does not spread or get worse

Maggie managed to keep her temper in check.

The epidemic was held in check by widespread vaccination.

Main entry:checkidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • hold someone in check — keep/hold/someone/​something in check phrase to control someone or something that might cause damage or harm attempts to hold global warming in check Thesaurus: to limit or control something or someonesynonym Main entry: check …   Useful english dictionary

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