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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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She used to practice mounting, holding the reins, and sitting straight on an old saddle in a tree.
Acevedo said a sergeant who was holding the reins of two police horses after his patrol shot the gunman just outside the main entrance to police headquarters.
Phil Sheridan, Robert Half managing director, said: "The old guard of finance still holds sway, with executives with a background in accountancy and finance holding the reins of the UK's top companies.
Richard Pennycook, who is holding the reins at the embattled business following the departure last month of chief executive Euan Sutherland, said he looked forward to seeing the peer's blueprint to shake up the organisation.
Downing has been holding the reins ever since Albion parted ways with Steve Clarke on December 14 following a run of four successive defeats and just one victory in 10 matches.
Midcalf said: "George came into the AASE programme when I was holding the reins and he has done really well for himself.
Women, like the Lur above, rode horseback without holding the reins and shot at targets while galloping with headdresses flying.
The restriction was relaxed in an 1892 amendment that said they were allowed to "as long as the woman is holding the reins of a horse".
Brown commented that "I will be holding the reins at Estrella until a suitable replacement is found.
In it, the portly Psy dances as though he is trotting on a horse, holding the reins and spinning a lasso in a manner that has sparked a global dance craze, the BBC reported.
Psy's dance sees him bounding around as though he was straddling a horse and holding the reins, as well as spinning an invisible lasso.
Not only do we have an unelected PM and an unelected deputy (as neither have a full mandate) we now have an unelected failed leader of the Tory party in William Hague holding the reins.
When Mary Whitehouse was at the helm she would challenge the government and film/drama makers about the violence and obscene language during family viewing but today there is no one holding the reins.
He is 11-8 to be still holding the reins when the new season starts in August.
NORTHERN Ireland is used to former terrorists who become political leaders and born-again Protestants holding the reins of power.