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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
References in classic literature ?
Sam, with frantic ejaculations, made a dive at the reins, but only succeeded in brushing the blazing palm-leaf afore-named into the horse's eyes, which by no means tended to allay the confusion of his nerves.
But now his eyes began to get bigger and bigger, and he picked up the reins on his horse's neck and looked behind him.
He drew his horse's rein, and asked her who she was and what she was doing in this place, and if she needed help.
The friars drew rein and stood wondering at the appearance of Don Quixote as well as at his words, to which they replied, "Senor Caballero, we are not devilish or unnatural, but two brothers of St.
So do not be despondent, do not give way, but allow more rein to your better sense.
Another moment would have been too late; but I knew just the spot where to touch the off-leader; that blow under his right flank, and the sudden jerk I gave the rein, brought them round quite in rule, I must own myself.
He loosened rein, and away they went a second time.
But Robin only laughed and caught the Sheriff's bridle rein.
They cooked their meat before they ate it and they shunned many articles of food as unclean that Tarzan had eaten with gusto all his life and so insidious is the virus of hypocrisy that even the stalwart ape-man hesitated to give rein to his natural longings before them.
Then he ran back to the shed pulling the playful young horse, who wanted to gambol all over the yard, by the rein.
This time Daylight kept his seat, but, beyond a futile rein across the neck, did nothing to prevent the evolution.
repeated the old man, shaking his head a little contemptuously as he gave the rein to his horse, and allowed him to mingle with the steeds of the savages.