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English definition of “put a brake on”

put a brake on

(also put the brakes on)
to slow down or stop an activity: The government has put a brake on further spending.Causing something to endComing to an end
(Definition of put a brake on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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