in check

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in check

  1. Under restraint or control.
    • 1847 October 16, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter XI, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. [], volume III, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., [], →OCLC, page 267:
      It was a sudden meeting, and one in which rapture was kept well in check by pain.
    • 1880, Thomas Hardy, chapter 37, in The Trumpet Major:
      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, chapter 30, in Martin Conisby's Vengeance:
      I . . . espied a small cave, excellent suited to our defence and where two determined men might hold in check a whole army.
    • 2008 December 3, Kate Torgovnick, “Why Do the Mentally Ill Die Younger?”, in Time:
      Scott also has schizoaffective bipolar disorder, a mental illness she keeps in check with a low dose of Zyprexa.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often preceded by the verb hold or keep.



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