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[ noun ] one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse

Used in print

(David Stacton, The Judges of the Secret Court....)

Payne dismounted in Madison_Place and handed the reins to Herold .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

He slapped the reins on the back of the powerful gray horse and held_on as the sulky 's wheels hit a pothole and came_out with a jolt and went_on .

(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)

She showed her surprise by tightening the reins and moving the gelding around so that she could get a better look at his face .

He took the reins just below the bit and held them firmly , and it was his turn to smile now .

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[ verb ] control and direct with or as if by reins; as of a horse

Related terms

control

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[ verb ] stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins

Synonyms

rein_in

Examples

"He reined in his horses in front of the post office"

Related terms

stop pull

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[ verb ] stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins

Synonyms

rein_in

Examples

"They reined in in front of the post office"

Related terms

stop driving

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[ verb ] keep in check

Synonyms

harness rule

Examples

"rule one's temper"

Related terms

restrict

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[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 11968
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[ noun ] any means of control

Examples

"he took up the reins of government"

Related terms

control rule

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