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Ride herd


Boss. Supervise. The ‘herd’ in this instance would be other workers and to ‘ride’ references a cowboy herding cattle. (Compare to  Lead by the nose or In charge of, Ride shotgun, In charge of or Hold the reins.).)

“Because of all the young people working here, I have to ride herd to be sure they do their jobs properly.

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