American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short rein that extends from a horse's bit to the saddle to keep the horse from lowering its head.
- n. A rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses to the driving rein of the other horse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A short rein joining the bit of one of a span of horses to the driving-rein of the other.
- n. A short rein fastened to the saddle of a harness to keep the horse's head up. See cut under harness.
- n. Also called check and check-line.
- n. A strap used to keep horses' heads high, fashionable in Victorian England but painful and damaging to a horse's neck.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short rein looped over the check hook to prevent a horse from lowering his head; -- called also a
- n. A branch rein connecting the driving rein of one horse of a span or pair with the bit of the other horse.
- n. a rein designed to keep the horse's head in the desired position
“He smiled as he reined the horse around a deep puddle in the road, leading mine by the checkrein after him.”
“It would disperse when Delp brought in reinforcements, but it had accomplished its purpose-to break up the formation and checkrein the seaward movement.”
“Nature drives by two reins, and one is a checkrein.”
“The system of checks and balances which it sets up has enabled the growing nation to adapt itself to every need and at the same time to checkrein every bid for arbitrary power.”
“Her small library skimmed the cream of the insurgents and revolutionaries of genius; and here the shy and reticent schoolgirl with the mark of the churchly checkrein fresh upon her, was free to browse, for her cousin had no slightest notion of playing censor.”
“She needs a checkrein," he declared, "an 'she needs it bad," a remark which so incensed Patrolman McDonogh that Sedyard decided to explain:”
“Without the masses pulling tightly on the checkrein, the fed will no doubt feel obligated to issue more rescue plans which might include the salvation of credit card debtors (card debt now stands at $970 billion) or the confiscation of 401k accounts.”
“If I call to ye, drop the checkrein and run for it. ”
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