keep a tight rein meaning, keep a tight rein definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( reins    plural & 3rd person present)   ( reining    present participle)   ( reined    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-plural   Reins are the thin leather straps attached round a horse's neck which are used to control the horse.  
2       n-plural   Journalists sometimes use the expression the reins or the reins of power to refer to the control of a country or organization.  
oft the N of n  
He was determined to see the party keep a hold on the reins of power...     
3    If you give free rein to someone, you give them a lot of freedom to do what they want.  
give free rein to/give full rein to      phrase   V inflects  
The government continued to believe it should give free rein to the private sector in transport.     
4    If you keep a tight rein on    someone, you control them firmly.      
keep a tight rein on             phrase   V inflects  
Her parents had kept her on a tight rein with their narrow and inflexible views.      rein back      phrasal verb   To rein back something such as spending means to control it strictly.  
The government would try to rein back inflation.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P   rein in      phrasal verb   To rein in something means to control it.  
His administration's economic policy would focus on reining in inflation...      V P n (not pron)  
Mary spoiled both her children, then tried too late to rein them in.      V n P  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    conserve, control, hold, maintain, possess, preserve, retain  
2    accumulate, amass, carry, deal in, deposit, furnish, garner, heap, hold, pile, place, stack, stock, store, trade in  
3    care for, defend, guard, look after, maintain, manage, mind, operate, protect, safeguard, shelter, shield, tend, watch over  
4    board, feed, foster, maintain, nourish, nurture, provide for, provision, subsidize, support, sustain, victual  
5    accompany, associate with, consort with, fraternize with  
6    arrest, block, check, constrain, control, curb, delay, detain, deter, hamper, hamstring, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, inhibit, keep back, limit, obstruct, prevent, restrain, retard, shackle, stall, withhold  
7    adhere to, celebrate, commemorate, comply with, fulfil, hold, honour, obey, observe, perform, respect, ritualize, solemnize  
8    board, food, livelihood, living, maintenance, means, nourishment, subsistence, support  
9    castle, citadel, donjon, dungeon, fastness, stronghold, tower  
,       vb   abandon, discard, disregard, expedite, free, give up, ignore, liberate, lose, release, speed  

keep at     
be steadfast, carry on, complete, continue, drudge, endure, finish, grind, labour, last, maintain, persevere, persist, remain, slave, stay, stick, toil  
keep back  
1    check, constrain, control, curb, delay, hold back, keep a tight rein on, limit, prohibit, restrain, restrict, retard, withhold  
2    censor, conceal, hide, keep dark, keep under one's hat, reserve, suppress, withhold  
keep on     
carry on, continue, endure, last, persevere, persist, prolong, remain  
keep up     
balance, compete, contend, continue, emulate, keep pace, maintain, match, persevere, preserve, rival, sustain, vie  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
keep informed of changes
"Please, keep me posted on your project`s progress."
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event
calm down!
دعني على اطلاع او منخرط في الموضوع
continue to have something; keep something
informal term used to describe the flab in the abdominal area rolling over tight clothes
from the resemblance with a muffin whose top exceeds the margins of the paper it is baked in
gardez votre maison, elle vous gardera
fol semble sage quand il se tait
au cheval le plus sûr ne lâche pas la bride
bride de cheval ne va pas à l'âne
il est bien aise d'aller à pieds qui tient son cheval par la bride
culture générale
gardez vous de l'homme secret et du chien muet
celui qui t'empêche de te battre, donne lui une récompense
ce que l'on garde pourrit, ce que l'on donne fleurit
To add entries to your own vocabulary, become a member of Reverso community or login if you are already a member. It's easy and only takes a few seconds:
Or sign up in the traditional way

  • Create your own vocabulary list
  • Contribute to the Collaborative Dictionary
  • Improve and share your linguistic knowledge
"Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners 4th edition published in 2003 © HarperCollins Publishers 1987, 1995, 2001, 2003 and Collins A-Z Thesaurus 1st edition first published in 1995 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995"