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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Morgan, who took over the reins from the ousted Alastair Cook last month, saw his side lose two wickets in the first three balls against Australia in the first Tri-Series match.
Then, Jonathan Wells and Travis Birt took over the reins and scored 52 runs in just 5.
When I retired from the saddle I soon turned my hand to training and took over the reins from my mother in 1999, gaining my first winner at the Cheltenham Festival that same year.
They have nonetheless confounded the expectations of many by racking up a 4-0 success on the back of an outstanding man-of-the-series performance from all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, under the leadership of a man who took over the reins as Test and limited-overs captain less than a month ago.