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rein — as in:  to rein in their activities

The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.
to restrain or control as in "rein a horse"; or a means of control — such as the reins of a horse or of government

(The reins of a horse are the pair of straps attached to a bit in a horse’s mouth and used to control it.)

To "rein in" or to "keep a tight rein" is to restrain.

To "give free rein" is not to restrain (not to exercise control over)
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