Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

put the brakes on (somebody/something)

put the brakes on somebodyput the brakes on something
Meaning(s)
1) slow or stop somebody/something's progress or activity
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • put the brakes on spending
  • Analysis

    To 'put the brakes on' something or someone means to inhibit their progress or to stall or stop something in some way. When you put the brakes on a car or bicycle it stops. This phrase is similar to 'hit the brakes' or 'stall it', meaning to stop.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. An archaeological find has put the breaks on building our new facility.
    2. Tell the department to put the breaks on that order, the clients' account is in arrears.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The recent downturn in sales has put the brakes on our expansion plans.
    2. Gary has been getting ahead of himself in the negotiations and offering concessions that have not been signed off on. We need to put the brakes on him.
    3. We're putting the brakes on further spending until additional funding has been secured.
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