Definitions

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  • verb Present participle of bridle.

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Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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.

    Ranking the decision makers: Who is best at the NFL draft?

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