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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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Antonia and I sat erect, but I held the reins clumsily, and my eyes were blinded by the wind a good deal of the time.
He held the reins in one hand, yet, with low, steady voice, confident and assuring, held the nervous young animals more by the will and the spirit of him.
She recognized at once the man who held the reins. Delightedly she leaned forward.
Catherine, delighted at so happy an escape, spoke her pleasure aloud with grateful surprise; and her companion immediately made the matter perfectly simple by assuring her that it was entirely owing to the peculiarly judicious manner in which he had then held the reins, and the singular discernment and dexterity with which he had directed his whip.
I just held the rein steady and did not hurry him, and it's my opinion he has not been frightened or ill-used while he was young."
The duchess came out splendidly attired, and Don Quixote, in pure courtesy and politeness, held the rein of her palfrey, though the duke wanted not to allow him; and at last they reached a wood that lay between two high mountains, where, after occupying various posts, ambushes, and paths, and distributing the party in different positions, the hunt began with great noise, shouting, and hallooing, so that, between the baying of the hounds and the blowing of the horns, they could not hear one another.
Duterte reminded his children to be humble even if they now held the reins of power in their stronghold.
Tiffany Sanders has held the reins now for eight of those years.
In 2008 PPP held the reins of government and run the economic system in such destructive manner that the national economy came to stand still.
He said that when PTI held the reins of power of the war-torn Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province was undergoing worst administrative crisis.
There is plenty of attacking intent in the home ranks and they are firing in far more goals under Tony Pulis than they did when Garry Monk held the reins.
Shulman held the reins of Vogue for more than 25 years until last June.
His Italian-born mother, Sonia Gandhi, has held the reins of the party since 1998 the longest stint for any Congress president, including three-time party chief Indira Gandhi.
Mr Clarke held the reins for just over a year, having been appointed in July 2016.
The Chairman paid tribute to the outgoing Acting CEO Alassane Ba who held the reins of Africa50 during its establishment and capital raising phases of the Fund.