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  • v. To stop or slow a horse by pulling the reins
  • v. To stop or slow something, by exercising control.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
  • v. stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
  • v. control and direct with or as if by reins


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  • And now they rushed on, past the Cottonwood, past that pillar which marks the corner where join Mexico, New Mexico, and Texas, past Hart's Mills, until the Kid drew rein in front of Ben Dowell's saloon, in El Paso, then Franklin, Texas.

    The Authentic Life of Billy The Kid

  • “But,” he says in writing to his sister, “as Thomas a Kempis recommended, frequentur tibi violentiam fac ... so I intend not to give myself the rein in following my natural tendency, but to make war against it till it ceases to isolate me from you, and leaves me with the power to discern and adopt the good which you have and I have not.”

    Matthew Arnold

  • In order to rein in an overgrown bureaucracy and maintain strict controls on expenditures, he demanded “absolute power” to dismiss from government service “all persons whatever that are concerned in the official Expenditure of Public Monies,” and, in addition, all government employees whom he deemed “unnecessary.”

    Robert Morris

  • All this would be alarming enough, but Moskvina is also struggling to rein in a pair that has always been temperamental and unreliable.


  • To minimize the distance traveled, a skillful charioteer would rein in the inner horses while giving the outer beasts their heads.

    Shield of Thunder

  • NEW DELHI: The latest authentication of Pakistan†™ s reluctance to rein in terrorists operating out of its territory has come from Russian ambassador to India Alexander

    The Times of India

  • Bit, to which he tieth a thing of leather called Rein; and, when he sitteth in the saddle on my back, he taketh the rein in his hand and guideth me with it, goading my flanks the while with the shovel stirrups till he maketh them bleed.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • "The meeting place must be just ahead," Serailla said suddenly, just as Ethenielle saw the scout Baldhere had sent forward, a sly fellow named Lomas who wore a foxhead crest on his helmet, rein in atop the peak of the pass ahead.

    The Path of Daggers

  • She was, however, able to rein in her growing excitement as she waited for Royano to return the jelorakem to its ornate yet protective carrying case and take the parcel under his arm.

    Creative Couplings

  • Stillness fell on me, as if Helios drew rein in the midst of heaven.

    The King Must Die


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