Bridle meaning

brīdl
To bridle is to put headgear on a horse to control it, or to bring something under control.

When you put headgear on a horse, this is an example of a time when you bridle the horse.

When you control your anger, this is an example of a time when you bridle your anger.

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The definition of a bridle is a device used to control an animal, such as the headgear used to control a horse.

The headgear used to control a horse is an example of a bridle.

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To put a bridle on.
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A head harness for guiding a horse: it consists of headstall, bit, and reins.
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Anything resembling a horse's bridle.
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A cable with the ends fast and another cable attached to it between the ends for applying force, as in towing a ship.
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A harness, consisting of a headstall, bit, and reins, fitted about a horse's head and used to restrain or guide the animal.
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To put a bridle on.
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To curb or control with or as with a bridle.
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To pull one's head back quickly with the chin drawn in as an expression of anger, scorn, pride, etc.
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To take offense (at)
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The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
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(figuratively) A restraint; a curb; a check.

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A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.
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A piece in the interior of a gunlock which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
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To put a bridle on.
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To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue.
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(intransitive) To show hostility or resentment.

Immigrant-rights and religious organizations bridled at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives. (Houston Chronicle, 6/8/2007)

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A curb or check.

Put a bridle on spending.

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A span of chain, wire, or rope that can be secured at both ends to an object and slung from its center point.
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To control or restrain.

Could not bridle his excitement at the news.

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To lift the head and draw in the chin in anger or resentment.
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To be angry or resentful; take offense.

Bridling at the criticism.

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Anything that controls or restrains.
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A connecting metal strip for limiting motion in machinery.
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Origin of bridle

  • Middle English bridel from Old English brīdel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English brīdel, from Proto-Germanic *brigdilaz

    From Wiktionary