bridle

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bridle

1. a headgear for a horse, etc., consisting of a series of buckled straps and a metal mouthpiece (bit) by which the animal is controlled through the reins
2. a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
3. Machinery a device by which the motion of a component is limited, often in the form of a linkage or flange

bridle

[′brīd·əl]
(engineering)
A pumping unit cable that is looped over the horse head and then connected to the carrier bar; supports the polished-rod clamp.
References in classic literature ?
Here the old lady bridled up still more, for she was very proud of "our aunt.
I had saddled and bridled the single horse which had evidently been overlooked by the royal household in its flight, and, standing a little back in the shadow of the stable's interior, Victory and I watched the surging throng without.
She bridled her long neck and smiled, and suffered him to lead her to the instrument, where she played and sang, in her very best style, one piece after another; while he stood patiently by, leaning one hand on the back of her chair, and turning over the leaves of her book with the other.
Satisfied with the looks of the two little animals, he bridled them and took them to a market place far away from the Land of Toys, in the hope of selling them at a good price.