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rein -- as in: to rein in their activities
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Ethan Frome
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  • He saw Eady, after a moment, jump from the cutter and go toward the girl with the reins over one arm.
  • "The house was bigger in my father’s time: I had to take down the ’L,’ a while back," Frome continued, checking with a twitch of the left rein the bay’s evident intention of turning in through the broken-down gate.
  • If you know the post-office you must have seen Ethan Frome drive up to it, drop the reins on his hollow-backed bay and drag himself across the brick pavement to the white colonnade: and you must have asked who he was.
  • Ethan Frome drove in silence, the reins loosely held in his left hand, his brown seamed profile, under the helmet-like peak of the cap, relieved against the banks of snow like the bronze image of a hero.
  • When this happened he would listen quietly, his blue eyes on the speaker’s face, and answer in so low a tone that his words never reached me; then he would climb stiffly into his buggy, gather up the reins in his left hand and drive slowly away in the direction of his farm.
  • "Now then, go ’long," he said, with a shake of the reins that sent the sorrel placidly jogging down the hill.

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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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