put the brakes on
Meaning: If you put the brakes on something, you stop it or slow it down.
- Many companies are putting the brakes on new investment until the economy improves.
- The government has to put the brakes on the water treatment project until the corruption enquiry is over.
Origin: This metaphorical idiom is based on the fact that if you're driving a car and you "put the brakes on", the car slows down and stops.
The United Nations will have to put the brakes on some important programs unless it can
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Contributor: Matt Errey