Pronunciation: (rān), [key]
1. Often, reins. a leather strap, fastened to each end of the bit of a bridle, by which the rider or driver controls a horse or other animal by pulling so as to exert pressure on the bit. See illus. under harness.
2. any of certain other straps or thongs forming part of a harness, as a checkrein.
3. any means of curbing, controlling, or directing; check; restraint.
4. reins,the controlling or directing power: the reins of government.
5. draw rein, to curtail one's speed or progress; halt: The rider saw the snake and drew rein sharply.
6. give rein to, to give complete freedom to; indulge freely: to give rein to one's imagination. Also,give free rein to,give full rein to.
1. to check or guide (a horse or other animal) by exerting pressure on a bridle bit by means of the reins.
2. to curb; restrain; control.
1. to obey the reins: a horse that reins well.
2. to rein a horse or other animal.
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