in check

in check  {adv. phr.}
In a position where movement or action is not allowed or stopped; under control; kept quiet or back.
The boy was too small to keep the big dog in check, and the dog broke away from his leash.
The soldiers tried to keep the attacking Indians in check until help came.
Mary couldn't hold her feelings in check any longer and began to cry.
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