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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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Only, there Bulstrode holds the reins and drives him.
The forehead declares, 'Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms.
How are they to find out who really holds the reins of power there?
However, the custodianship still holds the reins of power.
Al-Youm newspaper commented on Iran, saying ''We are used to the duality in Iranian political discourse in front of any crisis, as it became known that the one who holds the reins of political decision-making is the offices of the leader and Revolutionary Guard;, and other voices are just extras in Iranian political theater.
Since Weiner may be best known as a producer of the immersive, sensual stage event Sleep No More by Britain's Punchdrunk (see page 30) and Preisser holds the reins of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, people are surprised, they say, to learn that their Kong is a fairly traditional musical-theatre piece, and family-friendly.
Narayanasamy, who holds the reins of the department of personnel and training, made a presentation on the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, which gives statutory and legal backing to the CBI, and the ramifications of the 1997 Supreme Court judgment in the Vineet Narain Vs Union of India case, at the meeting.
Gently simmered in a large pan, without any fuss Served abundantly with cabbage and mash, without any great rush Bones sucked dry, just like an orange Then left on the plate, as vultures remains Big sleepover flavours now holds the reins Tis ameal so historic and grand Even three Michelin stars could never command.
As long as Ashley holds the reins and controls the finances of the club, he calls the shots.
Regardless of which party holds the reins of power, it is inaction that most often seems to result when the needs of the region come to be examined.
A special Diet session ended Friday after running for one week, under an environment in which opposition parties control the upper house and the ruling camp holds the reins in the lower house for the first time since 2007.
The superstar cook has admitted that when it comes to sex his missus certainly holds the reins.
A WELL-TO-DO MERCHANT HOLDS THE REINS TO HIS HORSE AS HE TALKS TO A BLACKSMITH .
As director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, Tyson holds the reins of an institution that's dear to people who love science.
On one level, the little people are a point of contact with indigenous cultures, which always have, and continue to be, threatened by whoever holds the reins of power.