give rein to - Phrases/Idioms
give rein to
Variant of rein
- a narrow strap of leather attached to each end of the bit in the mouth of a horse, and held by the rider or driver to control the animal: usually used in pl.
- a means of guiding, controlling, checking, or restraining: the reins of government
Origin: Middle English rene from Old French resne from Vulgar Latin an unverified form retina from Classical Latin retinere: see retain
- to stop or slow down a horse, etc. with or as with reins: with in or up
- Archaic to submit to or be controlled by reins: said of a horse
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