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The Scarlet Letter
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rein -- as in: to rein in their activities
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • 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.

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  • The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.
  • She took up the reins of government.

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