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Keep someone on the reservation

verb phrase

To ensure and require orthodoxy, esp in politics: White House chief of staff McLarty kept Penny, McCurdy and Stenholm completely on the reservation

[1990s+; fr the notion of confinement to an Indian reservation]


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