Origin of reins
Definition for reins (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of rein
Related formsrein·less, adjectiveun·reined, adjective
Examples from the Web for reins
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|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.
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|Tim Teeman|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2008, super-fan-feminist turned comic book writer Gail Simone took the reins, and for a time, Wonder Woman flourished.Wonder Woman Makes a Triumphant Comeback in a New Comic Series|Hugh Ryan|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then the reins of mule and horse were twisted from his stiff fingers, and Kirby's drawl broke through the coughing.Ride Proud, Rebel!|Andre Alice Norton
Harry became alarmed, and tried to take the reins out of my hands; but I resisted, and would not give them up.Major Frank|A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
The reins trailed on the ground and the rider's hands were gripping the mane.The Sheriff of Badger|George B. Pattullo
A horse who is docile and prompt to obey can be guided hither and thither by the slightest movement of the reins.
If you have your driving-gloves on, and would like to take the reins over the next ten miles, you are welcome to do so.Coaching, with Anecdotes of the Road|William Pitt Lennox
British Dictionary definitions for reins (1 of 2)
Word Origin for reins
British Dictionary definitions for reins (2 of 2)
Word Origin for rein
Medicine definitions for reins
Idioms and Phrases with reins
see draw in the reins; free hand (rein) tight rein on.