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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.
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Among the plaintiffs: Greenpeace; the Council on American-Islamic Relations; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Hoover Institution scholar Larry Diamond, who studies democratic development around the world; James Bamford, author of books on the NSA; and pro-war pundit Christopher Hitchens, who in a statement submitted with the suit bridled at "being asked to trust the state to know best" when the "agencies entrusted with our protection have repeatedly been shown, before and after the fall of 2001, to be conspicuous for their incompetence and venality." A government response to the suit was expected by late March, with hearings likely to follow in April or May.