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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

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

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

rein back on (something)

To attempt to restrict something or get something under control. We really need to rein back on how much we're spending on office supplies each month. I've been reining back on eating so much junk food lately.
See also: back, on, rein

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 up

1. To come to a stop while riding a horse. Why don't we rein up over by that stream so the horses can get a drink? I reined up so I could listen for predators rustling around me.
2. To bring a horse to a stop by pulling back on its reins. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rein" and "up." She reined her horse up, drew her bow, and fired an arrow straight into the center of the target. The bandits reined up their horses outside the front of the tavern and drew their firearms.
See also: rein, up

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

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

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.
See also: rein

rein something up

to bring something, usually a horse, to a stop. She reined her horse up and stopped for a chat. Rein up your horse and stop for a while.
See also: rein, up

rein up

[for a horse rider] to stop. The equestrian reined up and dismounted. We all reined up and waited for the cars to pass by.
See also: rein, up

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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Mais dans bien des cas ces simples examens ne sont pas realises, ce qui se traduit par une evolution de la maladie et par la destruction des reins
As in reining, the rider controls the horse as much as possible with his or her legs, keeping the reins slack.
Then Harris Mfg., Stockton, Calif., purchased patent rights, and from 1949 to 1964 built the Harris Power-Horse for logging operations, with a larger engine and tires, but no reins.
His son Tom will take over the reins of the Gorsebridge yard.
Curiously, however, as be handed the reins of his magazine over to Frum and his ilk, Buckley quietly admitted that conservatives opposed to the Iraq War had been right all along.
Reins, which operates Gyukaku barbecue chains, is apparently trying to diversify its operations as its mainstay barbecue business has been struggling due to Japan's import ban on U.S.
"The press did criticize him for not turning over the reins sooner--it's out of the paradigm that public companies expect," says Carlson Nelson.
He kept a loose hand on the reins, preferring to allow the Holy Spirit to be in control.
Hold the reins in front of you, a few inches above the horse's back.
Par ailleurs, il est utile de rappeler que le nombre de femmes qui beneficient de la dialyse est inferieur a celui des hommes, et c'est aussi vrai pour les greffes de rein. Les hommes beneficient plus de greffons, et ce au moment ou nous relevons que ce sont les femmes qui donnent le plus de reins.
Jeddah: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, have sent a cable of congratulations to Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, on the occasion of his assumption of the reins of power.
Such a fixture would require special equipment, like jumping reins for example, and that is exactly what Harris used on his runner Rise To Glory.
Andrew Gabbitas, director of corporate services, takes up the reins at the town hall until a permanent replacement can be found.