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rein
used in Sycamore Row

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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.)
  • Seth had the reins, I was holding on for dear life, but we rode bareback all the time and we knew what we were doing.
    p. 607.3
  • If the case settled now, his fees would be severely reined in.
    p. 307.5

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