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REIN, noun [Latin retina, retinaculum. If contracted from the Latin, it is from retineo, otherwise from the root of arrest.]

1. The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider of a horse restrains and governs him.

2. The instrument of curbing, restraining or governing; government.

To give the reins, to give license; to leave without restraint.

To take the reins, to take the guidance or government.

REIN, verb transitive

1. To govern by a bridle.

2. To restrain; to control.