short leash

short leash
A strict set of rules, or great scrutiny or oversight which limit ones freedom of action.

The employee was put on probation after her latest mistakes and given a short leash.


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  • To keep a person on a short leash — Leash Leash (l[=e]sh), n. [OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse, LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus loose. See {Lax}.] 1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • (a) short leash — a short/tight/leash phrase under strict control Her parents keep her on quite a short leash. Thesaurus: limited and limitingsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • leash — [ liʃ ] noun count a long thin piece of material attached to a dog s collar so that it can be controlled in a public place: All dogs must be kept on a leash while on the beaches. a short/tight leash under strict control: Her parents keep her on a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Leash — (l[=e]sh), n. [OE. lese, lees, leece, OF. lesse, F. laisse, LL. laxa, fr. L. laxus loose. See {Lax}.] 1. A thong of leather, or a long cord, by which a person may hold or restrain an animal, such as a falconer holding his hawk, or a courser his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • have (someone) on a short leash — have/keep (someone) on a short/tight leash to have a lot of control over someone s behaviour and allow them very little freedom to do what they want. He doesn t go out with the lads so much these days. Michelle keeps him on a tight leash …   New idioms dictionary

  • keep (someone) on a short leash — have/keep (someone) on a short/tight leash to have a lot of control over someone s behaviour and allow them very little freedom to do what they want. He doesn t go out with the lads so much these days. Michelle keeps him on a tight leash …   New idioms dictionary

  • leash — UK [liːʃ] / US [lɪʃ] noun [countable] Word forms leash : singular leash plural leashes mainly American a lead for a dog • a short/tight leash under strict control Her parents keep her on quite a short leash. strain at the leash …   English dictionary

  • leash — leash1 [li:ʃ] n especially AmE [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: laisse, from laissier; LEASE2] 1.) a piece of rope, leather etc fastened to a dog s collar in order to control it British Equivalent: leadon/off a leash ▪ At her side on a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Leash — For other uses, see Leash (disambiguation). A clip on leash attached to a dog s collar. A leash (also called a lead, lead line or tether) is a rope or similar material attached to the neck or head of an animal for restraint or control. On the… …   Wikipedia

  • short slip — Slip Slip, n. [AS. slipe, slip.] 1. The act of slipping; as, a slip on the ice. [1913 Webster] 2. An unintentional error or fault; a false step. [1913 Webster] This good man s slip mended his pace to martyrdom. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 3. A twig… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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