keep within bounds

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Jackson's, another at Smith's, and a third at Hobson's, we got along even more comfortably than before: though my mother affirmed we had better keep within bounds, for our prospects of wealth were but precarious, after all; and if my father would only trust everything to her management, he should never feel himself stinted: but he, for once, was incorrigible.
Raps his shoe on the table, he's harder to keep within bounds.
3 : to keep within bounds : restrain <Learn to control your temper.