checkrein

noun
check·rein | \-ˌrān \

Definition of checkrein 

1 : a short rein looped over a hook on the saddle of a harness to prevent a horse from lowering its head

2 : a branch rein connecting the driving rein of one horse of a pair with the bit of the other

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The checkreins Buchanan and Tullock refer to would be embedded in a constitution designed to prevent precisely such action. Alan Wolfe, New Republic, "Rules for Radicals," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of checkrein

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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