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Sovereignty, power or control
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“Patching up the government's bungled work on the rails from Irkutsk, which is of no small importance if the Czar wants to keep his rein on Manchuria.”
(usually reins) The position or place of command or leadership
Plural for narrow straps attached to a harness to control an animal or young child
“The newcomer handed the rein of the horse to a staff-bearer manning the guardhouse.”
Plural for a means used or imposed to restrict or control something
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“Even though city school districts don't have annual budget votes to act as a rein on spending, they must operate within other limitations.”
(usually reins) Plural for the position or place of command or leadership
“Now, if only I could get him to better take the rein of his responsibilities.”
Plural for a part of a device used to manage the performance of a machine or system
Plural for the power of self-determination
To keep in check or under control
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“However, critics would say that the failure to rein in the incomes of the rich has meant that society in Britain is no more equal than it was in 1997.”
To allay a situation that has escalated
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