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used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

7 uses
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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.)
  • She was determined to show no open fear, but she clutched d'Urberville's rein-arm.
    1 — The Maiden (68% in)
  • She made him a sort of nest in front of the hives, in such a manner that he could not fall, and, taking the reins into her own hands, jogged on as before.
    1 — The Maiden (36% in)
  • He loosened rein, and away they went a second time.
    1 — The Maiden (68% in)
  • He drew rein, and as they slowed he was on the point of imprinting the desired salute, when, as if hardly yet aware of her own modesty, she dodged aside.
    1 — The Maiden (69% in)
  • His arms being occupied with the reins there was left him no power to prevent her manoeuvre.
    1 — The Maiden (69% in)
  • He leapt up lightly, arranged the reins, and was gone between the tall red-berried hedges.
    2 — Maiden No More (15% in)
  • As soon as Clare had taken the reins from the ostler, and the young couple had driven off, the two men went in the other direction.
    4 — The Consequence (75% in)

There are no more uses of "rein" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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