draw in the reins

Come to a halt, back down. For example, During a recession, many businesses are forced to draw in the reins on expansion. This expression transfers the means of stopping a horse to other kinds of restraint.


Nearby words

  1. draw fire,
  2. draw game,
  3. draw gear,
  4. draw in,
  5. draw in one's horns,
  6. draw off,
  7. draw on,
  8. draw out,
  9. draw play,
  10. draw poker

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