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noun [countable] rein pronunciation in British English /reɪn/
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    [plural] control of a company, government, or organization
    the reins of power/government/state: It’s his deputy who really holds the reins of power.
    hand/take over the reins (=give someone control of something or take control of it): Hiroshi Okuda took over the reins of Toyota in August 1995.
    hold the reins (=be the person who controls something): the designers who hold the creative reins at Dior fashion house



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red market

the buying and selling of human organs

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