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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 ?
replied the poet, bridling a little; "that is, to say, there are two of us; Jehan Marchand, who has sawed the planks and erected the framework of the theatre and the woodwork; and I, who have made the piece.
Had his eyes been closed he could not have known but that two giant apes were bridling for combat.
When she had got poor Caleb and his Bertha away, that they might comfort and console each other, as she knew they only could, she presently came bouncing back,--the saying is, as fresh as any daisy; I say fresher--to mount guard over that bridling little piece of consequence in the cap and gloves, and prevent the dear old creature from making discoveries.