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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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Petya was galloping along the courtyard, but instead of holding the reins he waved both his arms about rapidly and strangely, slipping farther and farther to one side in his saddle.
She used to practice mounting, holding the reins, and sitting straight on an old saddle in a tree.
Murty also wants to delve into the transfer market and added: "I've been holding the reins and preparing a team for someone else until now.
Albion assistant boss Megson is holding the reins after the sacking of Tony Pulis.
Albion assistant head coach Megson (left) is holding the reins at The Hawthorns after the sacking of Tony Pulis.
She was holding the reins in her left hand while her right hand held the phone.
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.
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.
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.
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.