an die Kandare nehmen

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  • IPA(key): [ʔan diː kanˈdaːʁə ˈneːmən]


an die Kandare nehmen

  1. (idiomatic) to put a tight rein on (literally: to put the curb on), to rein, to curb
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 39/2010, page 92:
      Die EU-Kommission will die Mitgliedsländer an die Kandare nehmen: Unsolides Wirtschaften wird bestraft.
      The EU Commission wants to put a tight reign on the member states: unsound managing of finances will be punished.