An example of a lid is the top of a can of beans.
An example of a lid is putting a lid on street violence.
Approved a new lid on corporate spending.
Told us to keep a lid on the report until the campaign was over.
To put a lid on illegal gambling.
The rest of us managed to dodge out of control lid riders — Kneelo Knews August 2003 
Mal rider, shortboard or lid everyone surfs like a kook sometimes. — realsurf.com message board 2001 
Origin of lid
- Middle English from Old English hlid klei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English hlid, from Proto-Germanic *hlidą (compare Dutch lid, German Lid (“eyelid”), Swedish lid (“gate”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlíto (“post, trimmed log”) (compare Old Norse hlíð (“slope”), Welsh clwyd (“gate, hurdle”), Latin clitellae (“pack saddle”), Lithuanian šlìtė (“ladder”), pã-šlitas (“curved”), Russian калитка (kalitka, “gate”), Ancient Greek ἄκλιτος (áklitos, “stable”), δικλίς (diklís, “double-posted (doors, gates)”), Yazghulami xad 'ladder', Sanskrit श्रित (śrita, “standing on, lying on, being on, fixed on, situated in”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (“to lean”). More at lean.