English version

act as a brake on something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishact as a brake on somethingact as a brake on somethingSLOWto make something develop more slowly, be more difficult to do, or happen less Rises in interest rates act as a brake on expenditure. brake
Examples from the Corpus
act as a brake on somethingTo what extent do girls act as brakes on, or motivators of, delinquent behaviour in masculine adolescent gang-culture, for example?Post-war development of parachutes acting as brakes on jet aircraft are also covered in this rarely written about subject.Unfortunately, widespread foot-dragging continues to act as a brake on debt relief.In April 1992 they persuaded Boris Yeltsin to put three industrialists into the government to act as a brake on the free-marketeers.
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