bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in.
bridle an impulse to throw the book down
Examples of bridle in a Sentence
try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful
Recent Examples on the Web
Beijing, meanwhile, views the U.S. as a waning power bent on containing China’s rise, and bridles at growing U.S. unofficial cooperation with Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory.—Jacob Turcotte, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Nov. 2023 Union forces took some of the Confederate horses along with their bridles and saddles.—Randy McCrory, Arkansas Online, 3 Aug. 2023 The right of way officially applies only to movement; paths are for walking (and bridle ways for riding), not for camping or picnicking or drawing or hula-hooping.—Brooke Jarvis, New York Times, 26 July 2023 And that’s why its local craftspeople were posted on the narrow streets hand-making orecchiette, weaving straw baskets, working leather into bridles, and even carving children’s toys out of cactus leaves.—Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 9 July 2023 Corazza admits that some of the Roblox community bridle at the idea their work will train AI.—Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 4 July 2023 Inside, the interior is a sea of beautifully detailed tobacco-brown bridle leather, interrupted by only a handful of buttons.—Robin Swithinbank, Robb Report, 30 May 2023 The sticky gel on the wagon axles and the connection to the horse's bridle suggest Link built this wagon himself from component parts.—Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2023 Belts with suits have always been welcome at Sid Mashburn, which stocks a dizzying array of belts from dressy bridle leather to a hairy zebra hide.—Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2023
But Thaksin’s grip loosened following May’s general election, when his Pheu Thai party was bested by the upstart Move Forward Party, which secured 38% of the vote with its radical agenda to bridle the nation’s military and monarchy.—Charlie Campbell, Time, 22 Aug. 2023 And her son bridled at having to share personal information that Chavez needed in order to apply.—Selene Rivera, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 The lack of opposition is a measure of how fearful policymakers are that European consumers and businesses will bridle at shouldering the suddenly astronomical energy costs, ushering in social unrest and political chaos, as well as a recession.—Matina Stevis-Gridneff, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Ramaswamy, who bridles at corporations branding themselves as socially conscious, stepped down as chief executive.—Steven Mufson, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2023 In earlier studies of dental remains, researchers found that humans drank horse milk and used bits and bridles more than 5,000 years ago.—Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Mar. 2023 But a few Likud veterans may bridle.—Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2022 Once Gonzaga shook out the cobwebs, the Bulldogs kept the Huskies bridled with defense, with hard hedges on screens and Timme sagging off Andre Jackson Jr. to protect the lane.—John Marshall, Chicago Tribune, 26 Mar. 2023 Once Gonzaga shook out the cobwebs, the Bulldogs kept the Huskies bridled with defense, with hard hedges on screens and Timme sagging off Jackson to protect the lane.—John Marshall, ajc, 26 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel; akin to Old English bregdan to move quickly — more at braid
Middle English bridlen, going back to Old English brīdlian, verbal derivative of brīdelbridle entry 1
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1