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rein
used in The Killer Angels

22 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.)
  • He let go the reins of command.
    2.5 — Day 2 Chapter 5 (99% in)
reins = means of control
  • Longstreet took the reins of Pickett's horse.
    1.4 — Day 1 Chapter 4 (26% in)
  • It will take him some days to pick up the reins.
    1.4 — Day 1 Chapter 4 (43% in)
  • Lee reined to a stop.
    1.4 — Day 1 Chapter 4 (45% in)
  • There were no heels today, but there was the horse he led by the reins.
    1.4 — Day 1 Chapter 4 (88% in)
  • Gibbon came up and took the reins.
    1.7 — Day 1 Chapter 7 (31% in)
  • Gibbon called a man to take the reins.
    1.7 — Day 1 Chapter 7 (46% in)
  • He reined up, the horse rising and kicking the air.
    2.4 — Day 2 Chapter 4 (6% in)
  • Vincent trotted coolly into the open, reined his horse.
    2.4 — Day 2 Chapter 4 (8% in)
  • He reined up grandly, waved the hat in one long slow swop, bowed halfway down off the horse-a broad sweeping cavalier's gesture.
    2.5 — Day 2 Chapter 5 (21% in)
  • One of Lee's people, Venable, had taken the reins of his horse.
    2.5 — Day 2 Chapter 5 (31% in)
  • Marshall held the reins.
    2.5 — Day 2 Chapter 5 (47% in)
  • Longstreet gathered the reins.
    2.5 — Day 2 Chapter 5 (50% in)
  • Keep him on rein, but on a loose rein.
    2.6 — Day 2 Chapter 6 (62% in)
  • Keep him on rein, but on a loose rein.
    2.6 — Day 2 Chapter 6 (62% in)
  • Chamberlain took the reins, woke Ellis Spear, told him to take over.
    3.3 — Day 3 Chapter 3 (27% in)
  • He reined up, but was hopping around in the saddle, patting the horse, slapping his own thigh, gesturing wildly, pointing, grinning.
    3.4 — Day 3 Chapter 4 (32% in)
  • Kemper said, "Come quick, come quick, for God's sake," and reined the horse up and turned back to the right.
    3.4 — Day 3 Chapter 4 (76% in)
  • The old man reined up and stood for a moment immobile, head turned eastward toward the enemy, the gray hat on the horn of the saddle.
    3.5 — Day 3 Chapter 5 (22% in)
  • The staff was around him, someone had the reins of the horse.
    3.5 — Day 3 Chapter 5 (39% in)
  • He looked down slowly and pulled at the reins slowly and said carefully, "Major, you better let this damned horse go."
    3.5 — Day 3 Chapter 5 (40% in)
  • Goree was down and Longstreet reined up.
    3.5 — Day 3 Chapter 5 (44% in)

There are no more uses of "rein" in The Killer Angels.

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