hold the reins


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hold the reins

To have or be in control, especially of a group, project, or situation. Though my grandfather was the breadwinner, it was my grandmother who truly held the reins in their house. The boss decided she'd hold the reins on this project after the assistant manager bungled the last one so badly.
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This privileged family have enjoyed no inheritance tax levy against them for hundreds of years, hence they continue to hold the reins in terms of finance.
Watkins, a prominent sports lawyer and senior non-executive director of the RFL, will hold the reins until a new chairman is appointed to succeed Lewis, a former Davis Cup player who is leaving to become chief executive of Wimbledon.
According to Gomi, Kim Jong Nam also said that the existing power group would continue to hold the reins of power and plans to use the new, young leader as a symbol of North Korea.
Now they no longer hold the reins in Westminster and there is not a single Welsh MP in the shadow cabinet either.
The bank's ratings are based on the assumption that Uzbek businessmen Batir Rakhimov and his brother, who owns food, milk, mineral extraction and building materials firms, hold the reins of Kapitalbank.
They are the most essential element in a complex society but the least valued by all the privileged people who hold the reins and exploit their labour while producing nothing but hot air themselves.
Prime Minister Taro Aso and main opposition Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa both stressed their parties' ability to hold the reins of government in their first Diet debate Wednesday amid widespread expectations a general election will be called soon.
Asked if he agreed Mourinho was the best manager in the game, Wilkins added: "I would say that would be a fair comment - obviously they will have to look for someone who can hold the reins.
And the Oakwell outfit have been happy for Davey to hold the reins while going through the process of finding a permanent replacement for Ritchie.
Political correctness in turn is a function of a so-called "consensus" of stakeholders manipulated by those who hold the reins of power.
Every industry has its leaders--the decision makers who hold the reins and help shape the path that the rest of us follow.
The future was painted only by the politicos, and substance was noticeable by its absence because those who would be needed to hold the reins and guide the plows were not invited.
To ensure that Afghans hold the reins to recovery, international donor funding must fit within that framework, focusing on priorities that Afghan leaders have identified.
A pro-life policy allowing for exceptions opens the door for a continually expanding list of exceptions since it is based on conditions (as determined by those who hold the reins of power) as opposed to the God-given principle that all human life is sacred.
11 attacks on the US, it remains a powerful force in international terror, adding: "Although some within Iran would like to end this support, hardliners who hold the reins of power continue to thwart any efforts to moderate these policies".