Rein

Definition of Rein

Pronunciation: r?nd
n.1.The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse.
This knight laid hold upon his reyne.
- Chaucer.
2.Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint.
To give rein
to give license to; to leave withouut restrain.
To take the reins
to take the guidance or government; to assume control.
v. t.1.To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another.
[imp. & p. p. Reined (r?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Reining.]
He mounts and reins his horse.
- Chapman.
2.To restrain; to control; to check.
Being once chafed, he can not
Be reined again to temperance.
- Shak.
To rein in
a - to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins.
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.
v. i.1.To be guided by reins.

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