Origin of reins
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rein
Synonyms for rein
Related Words for reinscurb, restrict, suppress, repress, restriction, deterrent, line, governor, strap, harness, bridle, brake, bit, hold, check, halter, compose, halt, smother, collect
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Contemporary Examples of reins
Two years later, he had released all Soviet dissidents from prison and was beginning to loosen the reins on Soviet bloc countries.How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin
November 9, 2014
She quickly rose through the ranks and was soon given the reins by Mays and Scott.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
The driver in his black suit, white shirt, and black tie shook the reins, coaxing the white horses ahead.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
May 16, 2014
Louie Mueller handed the reins of the business to his son, Bobby, in 1974, and today it is run by Bobby's son, Wayne.The Texas Church of Beef
Jane & Michael Stern
April 27, 2014
Most obviously, “the anti-gay bullies who came before us” exercised the reins of power, either directly or indirectly.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim
April 4, 2014
Historical Examples of reins
He could see them buckling on belts while they were riding with the reins in their teeth.
He jerked sharply up on the reins, and she broke into a staggering trot.
Then he threw the reins down on the backs of his patient horses, and descended.In the Midst of Alarms
He leaned forward a little, got a fresh grip on the reins and took the whip.
Only their master's familiar voice and firm grip on the reins held them there at all.
Word Origin for reins
Word Origin for rein
see rein (n.). Figurative sense "means of controlling; control, check, restraint" is from early 14c.
c.1300, "strap fastened to a bridle," from Old French rene, resne "reins, bridle strap, laces" (Modern French rêne), probably from Vulgar Latin *retina "a bond, check," back-formation from Latin retinere "hold back" (see retain). To give something free rein is originally of horses.
c.1300, from rein (n.). Figurative extension "put a check on" first recorded 1580s. Related: Reined; reining. To rein up "halt" (1550s) is from the way to make a horse stop by pulling up on the reins.
see draw in the reins; free hand (rein) tight rein on.