hold the reins

Definition of hold the reins

:to be in control
  • They held the reins of government/power.

Word by Word Definitions

hold play
  1. : to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

  2. : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

  3. : to have as a mark of distinction

  1. : stronghold

  2. : confinement, custody

  3. : prison

  1. : the interior of a ship below decks

  2. : the cargo compartment of a plane

reins play
  1. : kidneys

  2. : the region of the kidneys : loins

  3. : the seat of the feelings or passions


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