the region of the kidneys, or the lower part of the back.
(especially in Biblical use) the seat of the feelings or affections, formerly identified with the kidneys.
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How to use reins in a sentence
Two years later, he had released all Soviet dissidents from prison and was beginning to loosen the reins on Soviet bloc countries.
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 | Alex Suskind | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2017, those reins will be loosened, and Hongkongers will be able to vote for their Chief Executive.
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 | Jason Berry | May 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 soldier lackey resigned the reins to Rabecque, and requested Monsieur de Garnache to follow him.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Frank loosened his sword from its fastenings and took a revolver in his left hand, in which he also held the reins.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Frank sprang after him and caught the reins before the startled creature could break away.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
I wonder why wise men choose silly wives always, she added consciously, playing with the reins.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
His donkey stumbled—it was natural enough, seeing that the reins hung loose and his feet had somehow left the stirrups.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for reins
archaic the kidneys or loins
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