rein - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    [usually plural] a long narrow piece of leather fastened to a horse’s head that the rider uses to control the horse
    1. a.
      British a set of bands fastened around a small child that an adult holds so that the child can walk alone but cannot run away
  2. 2


    [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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