take the reins Definition
- 1. The strap, or either of the two halves of the strap, attached to a bridle and used to guide and control a horse.
- Thesaurus: overcheck, checkrein, harness.
- Form: reins (often)
- Form: on a rein (especially)
- Form: on the right rein
- Form: on the left rein
- Form: reins (usually)
- Thesaurus: restraint, hold, brake, control, restriction, check, curb.
- 1. To provide with reins.
2. To guide or control (especially a horse) with reins.
3. To stop or restrain them with or as if with reins.
- Form: rein someone in (usually)
- Form: rein something in
4. To stop or slow up.
- Form: rein in (usually)
- Said of a rider: to pull up; to stop.
- To allow them free play; to place no restraints on them.
- Thesaurus: allow, authorize, permit, give carte blanche, condone, cut someone's apron strings.
- To keep strict control of them or it.
- Thesaurus: control, manage, have authority over, check, restrict, keep on a short leash (
- To take control.
Phrasal Verb: rein back
- Said of a horse: to step backwards.
- To make (a horse) step backwards by applying pressure on the reins.To take measures to stop (eg inflation, costs, etc) from continuing or increasing any further.