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rein
used in Far from the Madding Crowd

8 uses
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Definition
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse
  • On nearing the cattle-shed she was met by a boy bringing a milking-pail, who held the reins of the pony whilst she slid off.
    Chapters 1-3 (70% in)
  • It came from the man who held the reins.
    Chapters 4-6 (79% in)
  • Shepherd Oak, Jan Coggan, Moon, Poorgrass, Cain Ball, and several others were assembled here, all dripping wet to the very roots of their hair, and Bathsheba was standing by in a new riding-habit—the most elegant she had ever worn—the reins of her horse being looped over her arm.
    Chapters 19-21 (9% in)
  • Tall scrambled off to the field, and in two minutes was on Poll, the bay, bare-backed, and with only a halter by way of rein.
    Chapters 19-21 (83% in)
  • Though on foot, he held the reins and whip, and occasionally aimed light cuts at the horse's ear with the end of the lash, as a recreation.
    Chapters 37-39 (75% in)
  • "Stay where you are, and attend to the horse!" said Troy, peremptorily throwing her the reins and the whip.
    Chapters 37-39 (92% in)
  • Troy then came on towards his wife, stepped into the gig, took the reins from her hand, and without making any observation whipped the horse into a trot.
    Chapters 37-39 (97% in)
  • About half-an-hour later she invigorated herself by an effort, and took her seat and the reins as usual—in external appearance much as if nothing had happened.
    Chapters 46-48 (87% in)

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