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keep someone on the reservation

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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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