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rein
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
  • We must keep the reins.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (62% in)
  • "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.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (77% in)
  • Only, there Bulstrode holds the reins and drives him.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (34% in)

There are no more uses of "rein" in Middlemarch.

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