hold the reins

idiom

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

Examples of hold the reins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ancient Roman cavalry fittings — parts of a horse bridle, a ring used to hold the reins and four discs from a harness — were also found. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 29 Feb. 2024 Is Governor Mike DeWine and the rest of the Republicans who keep breaking the rules to hold the reins of power again facing a potential contempt of court citation? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 While respecting our differences, those who hold the reins of power in our nations, businesses and communities must use their influence to bring us together. Time, 12 Jan. 2023 In the meantime, both of them, and Patricia, continue to be tight-lipped about who will hold the reins of the new offense in next week’s season opener. Andrew Callahan, Hartford Courant, 29 Aug. 2022 Is governor Mike DeWine and the rest of the Republicans who keep breaking the rules to hold the reins of power again, facing potential contempt of court citations because of their gerrymandering. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Social democratic politicians hold the reins in a growing number of European countries, along with the Democrats in Washington. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Oct. 2021 To maximize the benefits of this approach to leadership, ensure that the right leaders are equipped with the right skills to hold the reins. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 July 2021 My main job is to just hold the reins so her incredible work ethic is coupled with enough rest and recovery to get results. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 8 Oct. 2020

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“Hold the reins.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20the%20reins. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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