To take the reins
Rein Rein (r?n), n. [F. r[^e]ne, fr. (assumed) LL. retina, fr. L. retinere to hold back. See {Retain}.] 1. The strap of a bridle, fastened to the curb or snaffle on each side, by which the rider or driver governs the horse. [1913 Webster]

This knight laid hold upon his reyne. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or governing; government; restraint. ``Let their eyes rove without rein.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{To give rein}, {To give the rein to}, to give license to; to leave withouut restrain.

{To take the reins}, to take the guidance or government; to assume control. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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