take over the reins

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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.
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Mr Crozier, who will take up the reins later this year, has been chief executive of Royal Mail for seven years and before that held the same role at the FA.