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 for To rein in
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. To restrain; to control; to check.
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              Being once chafed, he can not
              Be reined again to temperance.        --Shak.
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     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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