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rein
used in The Picture of Dorian Gray - 20 chapter version

3 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.)
  • Where, the huge velarium that Nero had stretched across the Colosseum at Rome, that Titan sail of purple on which was represented the starry sky, and Apollo driving a chariot drawn by white gilt-reined steeds?
    Chapter 11 (56% in)
  • You gallop with a loose rein.
    Chapter 17 (77% in)
  • He leapt from the saddle and threw the reins to one of them.
    Chapter 18 (94% in)

There are no more uses of "rein" in The Picture of Dorian Gray - 20 chapter version.

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