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rein -- as in: to rein in their activities
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  • I have begun, And now I give my sensual race the rein: Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite; Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes That banish what they sue for: redeem thy brother By yielding up thy body to my will; Or else he must not only die the death, But thy unkindness shall his death draw out To lingering sufferance: answer me to-morrow, Or, by the affection that now guides me most, I’ll prove a tyrant to him.

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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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