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Definitionto 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.)
- Deep ruffs, painfully wrought bands, and gorgeously embroidered gloves, were all deemed necessary to the official state of men assuming the reins of power, and were readily allowed to individuals dignified by rank or wealth, even while sumptuary laws forbade these and similar extravagances to the plebeian order.Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (42% in)
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