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rein

1. one of a pair of long straps, usually connected together and made of leather, used to control a horse, running from the side of the bit or the headstall to the hand of the rider, driver, or trainer
2. the direction in which a rider turns (in phrases such as on a left (or right) rein, change the rein)
3. on a long rein with the reins held loosely so that the horse is relatively unconstrained
4. shorten the reins to take up the reins so that the distance between hand and bit is lessened, in order that the horse may be more collected
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But Brummies kept a tight rein on their finances, spending only pounds 72 on themselves during the final three months of last year.
The Anglo-Dutch group, whose products include Magnum ice cream, Lipton Ice Tea and Hellmann's mayonnaise, saw pre-tax profits fall 2% to pounds 916m in the three months to September 30 as consumers in Europe and North America kept a tight rein on spending, and discount retailers put pressure on prices.
Brian Lara's bowlers kept a tight rein on their rivals, who made steady if unspectacular progress early in their innings, before slumping from 65-1 to 71-3.