usually reins pl the place of leadership or command <after the president resigned, the vice president stepped in and took the reins of the company> Related Words chieftainship
, upper hand
the act or practice of keeping something (as an activity) within certain boundaries <the oversight committee called on the state to keep a much tighter rein on the activities of its contractors>
usually reins pl the right or means to command or control others <a peaceful transfer of the reins of government has always been a hallmark of our nation> Synonyms arm
, death grip
Related Words clout
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