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draw in the reins

1. Literally, to pull in the reins of a bridled animal, especially a horse, to slow it down or bring it to a stop. Mary drew in the reins as she approached town, bringing her horse to a saunter.
2. By extension, to slow something down or bring it to a stop. During the economic boom, our company was making as many risky investments as we could find. Luckily, our CEO had the sense to draw in the reins on such recklessness before the economy crashed.
See also: draw, reins

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.
See also: hold, reins

pull in the reins

To begin doing something more carefully or cautiously; to regain or tighten control over someone or something. This thesis you're planning is becoming wildly unfocused—I think you should pull in the reins a bit! I wish those parents would pull in the reins on their kids—the little devils are tearing the place apart!
See also: pull, reins

take the rein(s)

To take or assume control (of something). After the CEO announced that she had been diagnosed with dementia, her daughter gradually began taking the reins of the company. I don't know why people are so utterly terrified of letting the federal government take the rein when it comes to things like healthcare.
See also: take

tighten the reins

To begin doing something more carefully or cautiously; to regain or tighten control of someone or something. This thesis you're planning is becoming unfocused. I think you should tighten the reins a bit. I wish those parents would tighten the rein on their kids, the little devils are tearing the place apart!
See also: reins, tighten

hand over the reins

To bestow a particular responsibility or job on someone. I have so much work to do now that my boss has retired and handed over the reins to me.
See also: hand, over, reins

take over the reins

To take or assume control (of something). After the CEO announced that she had been diagnosed with dementia, her daughter gradually began taking over the reins of the company. I don't know why people are so utterly terrified of letting the federal government take over the reins when it comes to things like healthcare.
See also: over, reins, take

rein in

To tighten control over someone or something; to restrain, slow down, or diminish someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rein" and "in." You need to rein in your journalists. They can't be writing such inflammatory pieces. I'm trying to rein in my enthusiasm a bit, because I don't want to be disappointed.
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rein someone or something in

to bring someone or something under control; to slow down someone or something. Fred is getting out of hand. The boss undertook to rein him in a bit. The boss is trying to rein in Jane's enthusiasm.
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draw in the reins

Come to a halt, back down. For example, During a recession, many businesses are forced to draw in the reins on expansion. This expression transfers the means of stopping a horse to other kinds of restraint.
See also: draw, reins

rein in

v.
1. To restrain or control something or someone: The coalition tried to rein in its more militant members. I reined my anger in and refused to fight.
2. To make a horse move more slowly or stop by pulling back on reins: Rein in your horse while this truck goes by. The horses wanted to break free, but the rancher reined them in.
See also: rein

draw in the reins

1. To slow down or stop a horse or other animal by putting pressure on the reins.
2. To restrain or control.
See also: draw, reins
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Il existe egalement des complications dues a la perte de la capacite de secretion d'hormones: les reins sont responsables de la secretion d'une hormone, l'erythropoietine, qui stimule la production de globules rouges par la moelle osseuse.
One flick of the reins, a "Gee" or "Haw," as though flesh-and-blood, and the ladies giggle, Theo says.
The convenience-store operator will learn store operation know-how and customer-serving expertise from Reins, which has grown rapidly based on a franchising method, company officials said.
Some people brought leather gloves to avoid getting blisters from holding leather reins for hours on end.
You'll talk, not just with words, but also with your weight, your legs, and the reins.
Garrett, formerly RTM's COO, takes the reins from RTM founder Russ Umphenour, who remains as the company's CEO and Dennis Cooper remains as Chairman of the Board.
But Rise To Glory was running, and winning, on the all-weather at Kempton and jockey Robert Winston was keen to remind Harris the sleeker National Hunt reins could have slid through his hands - something neither would want to happen.
The move apparently complements the two companies' strategies, with Reins seeking a new type of operation and Aeon accelerating its restructuring.
There is no one more qualified to take the reins of the flight test center,'' said Gen.
In an age when independent, professional management dominates, primogeniture - handing reins to the firstborn son - is no longer the norm.
L a 10e edition de la Journee internationale du rein a eu lieu le 12 mars 2015 avec pour thematique [beaucoup moins que]Des reins en bonne sante pour tous[beaucoup plus grand que].
THE 2001 Grand National was one of the most eventful in the history of the great race - and it provided one of the most memorable hard-luck stories of the modern era when Carl Llewellyn lost his reins and unseated on top-weight Beau on the final circuit when holding every chance.
Jordan Mack, holding the reins of her female horse Kishka, passed along a Horsemanship 101 lesson.
Il est vrai, indiquent les organisateurs, que la possibilite de remplacer les reins par une machine, la dialyse, a revolutionne la prise en charge des malades, mais il existe une alternative a ce traitement lourd et contraignant a savoir la greffe du rein.