Rein definition

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To guide, control, check, or restrain with or as with reins.
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A means of controlling or directing.

The reins of government.

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(archaic) To submit to or be controlled by reins.
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To control a horse, for example, with reins. Often used with in or up.
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Either of two long narrow straps attached to each end of the bit of a bridle and used by a rider or driver to control a horse or other animal.

The left rein slipped out of the driver's hands. The rider pulled on the reins, and the horse began to slow down.

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To rein is to hold something back or guide it.

An example of to rein is to limit spending.

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The definition of a rein is a way to control or guide something.

An example of a rein is a law, a way that governmental actions control people.

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Rein is defined as the leather strap that a rider uses to guide and hold onto a horse.

An example of a rein is the item a jockey holds in his hands at the back of the horse’s neck.

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A strap or rope attached to the bridle or bit, used to control a horse, animal or young child.
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(figuratively) An instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing.
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To direct or stop a horse by using reins.
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To restrain; to control; to check.
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(now rare, archaic, chiefly in plural) A kidney.
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The inward impulses; the affections and passions, formerly supposed to be located in the area of the kidneys.
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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.
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A means of guiding, controlling, checking, or restraining.

The reins of government.

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To stop or slow down a horse, etc. with or as with reins.
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To check or hold back by the use of reins. Often used with in or up .

Reined in the horse.

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To restrain or control. Often used with in .
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A means of restraining or checking.

Kept a tight rein on expenditures.

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draw rein
  • To stop a horse, for example, by pulling on the reins.
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draw in the reins
  • To slow down or stop a horse or other animal by putting pressure on the reins.
  • To restrain or control.
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give free
  • To release from restraints; allow to go unchecked:
    Gave free rein to her emotions.
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draw rein
  • to tighten the reins
  • to slow down or stop
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give (free) rein to
  • to allow to act without restraint
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keep a rein on
  • to check, control, or restrain
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rein
Plural:
reins

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

draw in the reins
give free
give (free) rein to
keep a rein on

Origin of rein

  • Middle English from Old French resne, reine from Vulgar Latin retina from Latin retinēre to retain retain

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

  • Anglo-Norman reyne, from Old French resne (Modern French rêne), from Vulgar Latin *retina, from Classical Latin retineō (“to retain"), from re- + teneō.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Anglo-Norman reines, Middle French reins, and their source, Latin rÄ“nÄ“s.

    From Wiktionary