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rein
used in Anna Karenina

23 uses
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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.)
  • "That's so," responded the clerk, handing him the reins and buttoning the leather apron.
    Part Two (44% in)
  • The rain did not last long, and by the time Vronsky arrived, his shaft-horse trotting at full speed and dragging the trace-horses galloping through the mud, with their reins hanging loose, the sun had peeped out again, the roofs of the summer villas and the old limetrees in the gardens on both sides of the principal streets sparkled with wet brilliance, and from the twigs came a pleasant drip and from the roofs rushing streams of water.
    Part Two (56% in)
  • Vronsky moved into the middle of the crowd unnoticed, almost at the very moment when the bell rang at the finish of the race, and the tall, mudspattered horse-guard who came in first, bending over the saddle, let go the reins of his panting gray horse that looked dark with sweat.
    Part Two (63% in)
  • He was calm and dignified as ever, and was with his own hands holding Frou-Frou by both reins, standing straight in front of her.
    Part Two (65% in)
  • "All right, all right," said Vronsky, taking the reins.
    Part Two (66% in)
  • Getting his right foot in the stirrup, he smoothed the double reins, as he always did, between his fingers, and Cord let go.
    Part Two (66% in)
  • As though she did not know which foot to put first, Frou-Frou started, dragging at the reins with her long neck, and as though she were on springs, shaking her rider from side to side.
    Part Two (66% in)
  • The excited mare, trying to shake off her rider first on one side and then the other, pulled at the reins, and Vronsky tried in vain with voice and hand to soothe her.
    Part Two (66% in)
  • Frou-Frou started into a gallop, her left foot forward, made two bounds, and fretting at the tightened reins, passed into a jolting trot, bumping her rider up and down.
    Part Two (66% in)
  • Kuzovlev had let go the reins as he took the leap, and the mare had sent him flying over her head.
    Part Two (67% in)
  • But before the obstacle they were approaching, Vronsky began working at the reins, anxious to avoid having to take the outer circle, and swiftly passed Mahotin just upon the declivity.
    Part Two (68% in)
  • Vronsky did not even look at it, but anxious to get in a long way first began sawing away at the reins, lifting the mare's head and letting it go in time with her paces.
    Part Two (69% in)
  • Still unable to realize what had happened, Vronsky tugged at his mare's reins.
    Part Two (70% in)
  • With a face hideous with passion, his lower jaw trembling, and his cheeks white, Vronsky kicked her with his heel in the stomach and again fell to tugging at the rein.
    Part Two (70% in)
  • "The last load, eh?" he shouted to a young peasant, who drove by, standing in the front of an empty cart, shaking the cord reins.
    Part Three (31% in)
  • He saw that, in spite of Agafea Mihalovna's feelings being hurt by a new mistress taking the reins of government out of her hands, Kitty had yet conquered her and made her love her.
    Part Five (44% in)
  • He handed the reins to Veslovsky and walked into the marsh.
    Part Six (24% in)
  • You shall see how I'll get you along," he answered, not letting go the rein, when Levin begged him to let the coachman drive.
    Part Six (25% in)
  • He was holding her in, pulling at the reins.
    Part Six (50% in)
  • Without allowing himself even to think of what was to come, of how it would end, judging from his inquiries as to the usual duration of these ordeals, Levin had in his imagination braced himself to bear up and to keep a tight rein on his feelings for five hours, and it had seemed to him he could do this.
    Part Seven (42% in)
  • Levin got into the trap and took the reins.
    Part Eight (65% in)
  • Pulling the stiff rein and holding in the good horse that snorted with impatience and seemed begging to be let go, Levin looked round at Ivan sitting beside him, not knowing what to do with his unoccupied hand, continually pressing down his shirt as it puffed out, and he tried to find something to start a conversation about with him.
    Part Eight (66% in)
  • "Your honor must keep to the right and mind that stump," said the coachman, pulling the rein Levin held.
    Part Eight (66% in)

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