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 for Rein
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rein \Rein\, v. i.
     To be guided by reins. [R.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              This knight laid hold upon his reyne. --Chaucer.
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     2. Hence, an instrument or means of curbing, restraining, or
        governing; government; restraint. "Let their eyes rove
        without rein." --Milton.
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     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.
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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.
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              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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit
           or the headpiece) used to control a horse
      2: any means of control; "he took up the reins of government"
      v 1: control and direct with or as if by reins; "rein a horse"
           [syn: harness, rein in, draw rein, rein]
      2: stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling
         the reins; "They reined in in front of the post office" [syn:
         rein, rein in]
      3: stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins; "He reined
         in his horses in front of the post office" [syn: rein,
         rein in]
      4: keep in check; "rule one's temper" [syn: rule, harness,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "rein":
     administration, arrest, arrestation, backpedal, backwater, brake,
     bridle, check, clip the wings, collect, command, constrain,
     constraint, contain, control, cool, cool off, cooling,
     cooling down, cooling off, curb, curtail, curtailment, decelerate,
     deceleration, delay, detain, dompt, draw rein, ease off, ease up,
     enjoin, govern, guard, harness, helm, hinder, hindrance, hold,
     hold at bay, hold back, hold fast, hold in, hold in check,
     hold in leash, hold up, impede, inhibit, inhibition, injunction,
     interdict, keep, keep back, keep from, keep in, keep in check,
     keep under control, lay under restraint, leadership,
     legal restraint, let down, let up, limit, limitation, lose ground,
     lose momentum, lose speed, moderate, monopoly, obstruct, power,
     prohibit, prohibition, protection, protectionism,
     protective tariff, pull, pull in, rationing, reef, rein in, reins,
     relax, repress, restrain, restraint, restraint of trade, restrict,
     retard, retardation, retrench, retrenchment, rule, running,
     self-control, set back, simmer down, slack off, slack up, slacken,
     slow, slow down, slow up, slowing down, smother, snub, stay,
     straiten, suppress, take in sail, tariff wall, thought control,
     throttle down, tiller, withhold

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