To rein up
Rein Rein, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reined} (r?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reining}.] 1. To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another. [1913 Webster]

He mounts and reins his horse. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. To restrain; to control; to check. [1913 Webster]

Being once chafed, he can not Be reined again to temperance. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To rein in} or {To rein up}, (a) to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins. Hence, (a) to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some activity; -- to rein in is used commonly of superiors in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • To give up — Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hold up — Hold Hold, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Held}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Holding}. {Holden}, p. p., is obs. in elegant writing, though still used in legal language.] [OE. haldan, D. houden, OHG. hoten, Icel. halda, Dan. holde, Sw. h[*a]lla, Goth. haldan to feed,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To keep up — Keep Keep (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bear up — Bear Bear (b[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Bore} (b[=o]r) (formerly {Bare} (b[^a]r)); p. p. {Born} (b[^o]rn), {Borne} (b[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bearing}.] [OE. beren, AS. beran, beoran, to bear, carry, produce; akin to D. baren to bring forth, G. geb[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To tear up — Tear Tear (t[^a]r), v. t. [imp. {Tore} (t[=o]r), ((Obs. {Tare}) (t[^a]r); p. p. {Torn} (t[=o]rn); p. pr. & vb. n. {Tearing}.] [OE. teren, AS. teran; akin to OS. farterian to destroy, D. teren to consume, G. zerren to pull, to tear, zehren to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To rein in — Rein Rein, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reined} (r?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reining}.] 1. To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another. [1913 Webster] He mounts and reins his horse. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. To restrain; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give up the ghost — Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rein up — verb a) To stop, to halt riding a horse by pulling on the reins. He said to himself that no doubt they would save her; the doctors would discover some remedy surely. He remembered all the miraculous cures he had been told about. Then she appeared …   Wiktionary

  • Rein — Rein, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reined} (r?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reining}.] 1. To govern or direct with the reins; as, to rein a horse one way or another. [1913 Webster] He mounts and reins his horse. Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. To restrain; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • up — up1 [up] adv. [ME < OE up, uppe, akin to Ger auf, ON upp < IE * upo, up from below > SUB , HYPO , OVER] 1. from a lower to a higher place; away from or out of the ground 2. in or on a higher position or level; off the ground, or from a… …   English World dictionary

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