to keep a lid on sth


to keep a lid on sth
Pol. taire qqch; garder le silence; ne pas divulguer/ ébruiter

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  • lid — [lıd] n ↑lid ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(cover)¦ 2¦(eye)¦ 3 keep a/the lid on something 4 put a/the lid on something 5 take the lid off something ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: hlid] 1.) ¦(COVER)¦ a cover for the open part of a pot, box, or other container …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lid — noun 1 COVER (C) a cover for the open part of a pot, box, or other container: Can you get the lid off this jar for me? | a dustbin lid 2 keep the lid on to control a situation so that it does not become worse: keeping the lid on inflation | She… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • keep something in check — CURB, restrain, hold back, keep a tight rein on, rein in/back; control, govern, master, suppress, stifle; informal keep a lid on. → check * * * keep/hold/someone/​something in check …   Useful english dictionary

  • blow — blow1 W3S2 [bləu US blou] v past tense blew [blu:] past participle blown [ US bloun] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(wind moving)¦ 2¦(wind moving something)¦ 3¦(air from your mouth)¦ 4¦(make a noise)¦ 5¦(violence)¦ 6¦(lose an opportunity)¦ 7¦(waste money)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bottle something up — SUPPRESS, repress, restrain, withhold, hold in, rein in, inhibit, smother, stifle, contain, conceal, hide; informal keep a lid on. → bottle * * * repress or conceal feelings over a period of time learning how to express anger instead of bottling… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lock — lock1 W3S2 [lɔk US la:k] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(fasten something)¦ 2¦(keep in a safe place)¦ 3¦(fixed position)¦ 4¦(fixed situation)¦ 5 be locked in battle/combat/dispute etc 6 lock arms 7 lock horns (with somebody) Phrasal verbs  lock… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold — 1 verb past tense and past participle held IN YOUR HANDS/ARMS 1 a) (T) to have something firmly in your hand or arms: He was holding a knife in one hand. | Can you hold the groceries for me while I open the door? | I held the baby in my arms. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • open — 1 adjective NOT CLOSED 1 DOOR/CONTAINER not closed, so that you can go through, take things out, or put things in: an open window | I guess I did leave the door open. | I can t get this milk open. | wide open (=completely open): The door was wide …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • open — o|pen1 W1S1 [ˈəupən US ˈou ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(door/container etc)¦ 2¦(eyes/mouth)¦ 3¦(not enclosed)¦ 4¦(not covered)¦ 5 the open air 6¦(business/building etc)¦ 7¦(not restricted)¦ 8¦(opportunity)¦ 9¦(not secret)¦ 10¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • open — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} verb 1 door, window, box, etc. ADVERB ▪ fully, wide ▪ She opened all the windows wide to let some fresh air in. ▪ gingerly ▪ Fred opened the box gingerly and peered inside …   Collocations dictionary

  • lock — 1 verb 1 FASTEN SOMETHING (I, T) to fasten something with a lock or be fastened with a lock: Did you lock the car? I can t get the door to lock. 2 PUT STH IN A SAFE PLACE (transitive always + adv/prep) to put something in a safe place and lock… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English