keep a tight grip on something

Idiom

Keep a tight grip on something

Definition

Maintain a firm and unyielding control over something.

Examples

An employer might “keep a tight grip on their company’s finances”.

A parent might “keep a tight grip on their children’s activities”.

Origin

The phrase “keep a tight hand”, which first appeared in the early 17th century.

FAQs

What does ‘keep a tight grip on something’ mean?

It means to maintain a firm and unyielding control over something.

Where does this idiom come from?

This idiom is thought to originate from the phrase “keep a tight hand”, which first appeared in the early 17th century.