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  • v. Present participle of bridle.


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  • Montaigne admits that he has difficulties in bridling his emotions, that sometimes he cannot restrain them, but he keeps trying nonetheless.

    Calm, Cool and Collected « So Many Books

  • She spoke with what she meant to be a slight sneer, in reply to which Miss Westbury behaved in a manner that is sometimes described as bridling up.

    The Limit

  • Yes, it is true, we have almost forgotten the old accomplishment of "bridling" -- the head up and the chin in, with the pliant knees bent in a low curtsey.

    Girlhood and Womanhood The Story of some Fortunes and Misfortunes

  • But her bridling was a thing that could be felt through the stuffy blackness, and there was a ring in her retort that gave the lie to the tears that she was shedding.

    Told in the East

  • Miss Le Pettit, who considered that he _had_ forgotten it, gave the little movement known as "bridling," which reared her ringletted head a trifle higher on her white shoulders, then decided to front the obnoxious word bravely as a woman of the world.

    The White Riband A Young Female's Folly

  • Dulcie did a little of her "bridling," but said never a word; Clarissa lifted her large, rather languishing eyes, let them fall again on her mittens, and remained dumb.

    Girlhood and Womanhood The Story of some Fortunes and Misfortunes

  • Nothing came of it that evening, unless a way Dulcie had of pressing her red lips together, throwing back her little brown head, shaking out the powder from her curls, and shaking down the curls themselves, with a gleeful laugh, which appeared to turn her own "bridling" into derision; and a high assertion of Clary's that she was determined never to wed a man beneath the rank of a county member or a peer.

    Girlhood and Womanhood The Story of some Fortunes and Misfortunes

  • "bridling" the people by resorting to repressive measures.

    From October to Brest-Litovsk

  • The Philly faithful might still be bridling, but picking Donovan McNabb over Ricky Williams in 1999 was the right choice.

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  • Captain Davenport was an autocrat of the sea, fearing no man, never bridling his tongue, and now he found himself unable to curse in the presence of this old man with the feminine brown eyes and the voice of a dove.



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