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rein -- as in: to rein in their activities
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Middlemarch
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  • We must keep the reins.
  • Only, there Bulstrode holds the reins and drives him.
  • "My love," he said, with irritation reined in by propriety, "you may rely upon me for knowing the times and the seasons, adapted to the different stages of a work which is not to be measured by the facile conjectures of ignorant onlookers.

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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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