Bridle Bri"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bridled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bridling}.] 1. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse. [1913 Webster]

He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist. --Drake. [1913 Webster]

2. To restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check, curb, or control; as, to bridle the passions; to bridle a muse. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To check; restrain; curb; govern; control; repress; master; subdue. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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