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rein

[ reyn ]
/ reɪn /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to check or guide (a horse or other animal) by exerting pressure on a bridle bit by means of the reins.
to curb; restrain; control.

verb (used without object)

to obey the reins: a horse that reins well.
to rein a horse or other animal.

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Idioms for rein

    draw rein, to curtail one's speed or progress; halt: The rider saw the snake and drew rein sharply.
    give rein to, to give complete freedom to; indulge freely: to give rein to one's imagination.Also give free rein to, give full rein to.

Origin of rein

1300–50; (noun) Middle English rene, reine, raine<Old French re(s)ne<Vulgar Latin *retina, noun derivative of Latin retinēre to hold back, retain; (v.) Middle English rainen, reinen, derivative of the noun
reinless, adjectiveun·reined, adjective
rain, reign, rein
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British Dictionary definitions for rein

rein
/ (reɪn) /

noun

verb

(tr) to check, restrain, hold back, or halt with or as if with reins
to control or guide (a horse) with a rein or reinsthey reined left
See also rein in
C13: from Old French resne, from Latin retinēre to hold back, from re- + tenēre to hold; see restrain
See reign
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Idioms and Phrases with rein

rein

see draw in the reins; free hand (rein) tight rein on.

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