rein


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rein \Rein\, v. i.
   To be guided by reins. [R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rein \Rein\ (r?n), n. [F. r[^e]ne, fr. (assumed) LL. retina, fr.
   L. retinere to hold back. See Retain.]
   1. The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on
      each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse.
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            This knight laid hold upon his reyne. --Chaucer.
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   2. Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or
      governing; government; restraint. "Let their eyes rove
      without rein." --Milton.
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   To give rein, To give the rein to, to give license to; to
      leave withouut restrain.

   To take the reins, to take the guidance or government; to
      assume control.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Rein \Rein\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reined (r?nd); p. pr. & vb.
   n. Reining.]
   1. To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse
      one way or another.
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            He mounts and reins his horse.        --Chapman.
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   2. To restrain; to control; to check.
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            Being once chafed, he can not
            Be reined again to temperance.        --Shak.
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   To rein in or To rein up,
      (a) to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing
          the reins. Hence,
      (a) to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some
          activity; -- to rein in is used commonly of superiors
          in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to
          moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive.
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