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rein -- as in: to rein in their activities
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  • The court reined in agency power—describing it as out of control.
  • She took up the reins of government.
  • rein a horse
  • Dark lines appeared on Brom’s forehead as he reined Snowfire to a halt.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • my nose fair pinched off me with the wind, and my ’ands that numb I couldn’t ’ardly ’old the reins?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • I picked up them reins and commenced to whupping on him.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • ...holding the horse reined back.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • If I’m not to hold on by the reins or by your mane, what am I to hold on by?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • He held back on the reins and the horse stopped.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • He let go the reins of command.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels

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  • He reined the mare in tight and kept his heels hard against her sides to let her know he meant business.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • What Grandpa would of really enjoyed, haw, was the sight of Mr. Birdsong reining in the black horses pulling his ambulancehearse just as our procession turned into the street!
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Frog Lip reined in his horse
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • He reined the horse around
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • He reins the horse round, and wheels to face the parents.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • When all was finished it said: "Now; we’ve got to have reins for the look of the thing, but you won’t be using them."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • My battle rage surges, but I rein it in, fighting to wound, not kill.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The sewing machine was a gleaming, glossy black that reminded her of the landowner’s horse back in Italy; sewing, Bella felt like she was holding on to the reins of a wild stallion.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • "You’ll be fine," he said, handing her the reins.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • We took our horses by the reins and walked them around to the garden.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • A small distant part of Isabelle felt guilty and sick, but the part of her that seemed to have taken the reins, that was bubbling up inside her like a volcano, felt only a bitter triumph.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Thankfully, Lana’s nursing instincts won out and she took the reins of the conversation.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • He ran his hand through his hair and held on to the back of his neck, trying to rein himself in.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • But now it has to be reined in.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Then my thoughts strayed to my parents, as they always did when I didn’t keep a tight rein on them.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • In what seemed like no time, a man walked up and climbed onto the horse, flicked its reins, and we lurched into juddering motion.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • My voice got shaky, and I had to rein myself in to finish my remarks.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Ben was drowsing with the reins held loosely in one hand when the wagon hit a stone and jarred us both out of our respective reveries.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But I rein in my thoughts.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • A lull in the action, a brief reprieve before old man winter takes up the reins again.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Austin hopped in first and took the reins.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • They had been fast asleep for some time when they were startled awake by the thudding of hoofs in the road below and the whinny of a horse suddenly reined in.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "Good," Brullo said, reining his horse and surveying whoever had first returned.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • IT WAS DAWN when the two horsemen reined in at the hilltop.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The coachman had already reined in the horses.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Alfonso held the reins and Miguel the lantern.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Before Mr. Morrison took the reins, he handed Stacey a handkerchief in which to wrap his bruised right hand, but he did not say a word and it wasn’t until we had passed the crossroads leading to Great Faith that the silence was broken.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • This was the rope I’d rein him with.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • As they came up to the cattle still milling about on the road they reined up sharply.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • If he didn’t rein it in, he would self-destruct.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • She reins in her panic.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • A lot of my running time has been being spent in a certain garage, and I’m trying to rein it in.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • "Es kann kein Zweifel rein—" he resumed, then stopped abruptly.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nico tried to rein in his anger.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Reining in my surprise, I decided the best thing to do was play along.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Tata grabbed the reins and soothed the horse while Marcus climbed on.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Pastor Weeks sat at the front of his squeaky wagon with Old Ben next to him, the mules’ reins loose in his hands.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • They grabbed for the reins, dodging the horses’ flying hooves.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
  • Suddenly reining up next to a large gorse bush, Jamie grabbed me round the waist and unceremoniously dumped me into it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Anyway, he wants there to be close reins on this case.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
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