in check
Prepositional phrase
  1. Under restraint or control.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, ch. 37:
      It was a sudden meeting, and one in which rapture was kept well in check by pain.
    • 1880, Thomas Hardy, The Trumpet Major, ch. 37:
      The old feelings, so religiously held in check, were stimulated to rebelliousness, though they did not show themselves in any direct manner as yet.
    • 1921, Jeffery Farnol, Martin Conisby's Vengeance, ch. 30:
      I . . . espied a small cave, excellent suited to our defence and where two determined men might hold in check a whole army.
    • 2008 Dec. 3, Kate Torgovnick, "[,8599,1863220,00.html Why Do the Mentally Ill Die Younger?]," Time:
      Scott also has schizoaffective bipolar disorder, a mental illness she keeps in check with a low dose of Zyprexa.

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