Dear teachers,

Would you tell me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

She could hardly hold her temper in check. (W. S. Maugham, “The Escape”)

It was unusual the way he kept his feeling in check. (J. Galsworthy, “Over the River”)

She had a great gift of mimicry, which ordinary she kept in check thinking it was bad for her acting, but in these circles she turned it to good account and by means of it acquired the reputation of a wit. (W. S. Maughum, “Theatre”)

in check = restrained from moving or acting; under control.

hold (keep) in check = restrain, keep in control, keep tab(s) on

Thanks for your efforts.