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: the headgear with which a horse is governed and which carries a bit (see bit entry 1 sense 2a) and reins
: a length of line or cable attached to two parts of something (such as a ship) to spread the force of a pull
especially : rigging on a kite for attaching line
bridled; bridling ˈbrīd-liŋ
: to put a harness with which a horse is governed on the head of : to put a bridle (see bridle entry 1 sense 1) on
bridle a horse
: to restrain, check, or control with or as if with a bridle
bridle your tongue
was forced to bridle her anger
: to show hostility or resentment (as to an affront to one's pride or dignity) especially by drawing back the head and chin
military commanders who had bridled against … interference—Time
Verb try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful
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NounFurther riding the theme, so to speak, the brand’s logo reproduces a bridle ring similar to a metallic choker, conveying a sophisticated fetish vibe. —Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2023 The horse's bridle featured intricate gold chains intertwining with dark brown leather, and a golden crown symbol was sewn into the leather placed on the horse's head. —Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2023 The students were given a basic academic education and spent much of their time learning hands-on skills such as horse bridle-making for boys and sewing for girls that had limited value for a country in the midst of an industrial transformation. —Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2022 There’s a white oak bed frame with a hand-cut bridle joint. —James Freeman, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 It’s all made from premium English bridle leather that not only looks great (in one of four handsome colors), but feels great in hand too. —Mike Richard, Men's Health, 25 Feb. 2023 The students were given a basic academic education and spent much of their time learning hands-on skills such as horse bridle-making for boys and sewing for girls that had limited value for a country in the midst of an industrial transformation. —Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2022 There’s a white oak bed frame with a hand-cut bridle joint. —James Freeman, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2022 Return the horse hitches, watering troughs, provide a wide tree-shaded bridle/walking path through town, to Carefree; move the bike route off the asphalt and onto a separate dedicated parallel. —Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 6 July 2022
VerbFilm critics warned that conservatives might bridle at these human portraits, but reviews after the festival’s screening were strong. —Michael Powell, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2022 Grant was amazed at the assurance with which the girls could brush, saddle, and bridle a horse. —Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2022 In Wales, too, some people bridle at being kept under London's control. —Adam Geller, ajc, 13 Sep. 2022 Adaptive dampers and air springs bridle the mass with authoritative control. —K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 4 Oct. 2021 Left to its own devices, the virus could hypothetically bridle itself. —Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 June 2021 Right-wing politicians who bridle at lockdown restrictions are as angry as the left-wing climate protesters who regularly clog Trafalgar Square in London as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. —New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 Wild horses might drag the people of China away from their tyrannical government, but rather than shoot the horses in true Soviet style, the CCP has decided to break and bridle them instead. —Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 1 Oct. 2020 For weeks, neither did many Italians, who alternately obeyed and bridled at the restrictions imposed on them. —Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 See More
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