take over the 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
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Belly will come back in and take over the reins and we will welcome the England boys back.