rein in

phrasal verb

reined in; reining in; reins in
: to limit or control (someone or something)
Congress must rein in spending.
You had better rein that kid in before she gets hurt.
: to make (an animal) stop by using reins
The rider reined in his horse.

Examples of rein in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In practice, this type of model has had mixed results and struggles to rein in the cost of health care. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 China, North Korea’s biggest economic lifeline, and Russia have questioned the effectiveness of the council’s prohibitions aimed at reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Disability benefits are long overdue for a major overhaul, not necessarily just to save taxpayer money or rein in already low rates of fraud – but to make benefits a stronger support for disabled people living decent, productive lives. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Beijing has pressed Myanmar’s military government to rein in the scam operations, but with limited success. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Iran could take further steps to rein in its clients, including suspending military support. Joost Hiltermann, Foreign Affairs, 28 Mar. 2024 Five golfers filed a class-action lawsuit this week against the city of Los Angeles, alleging that officials failed to rein in a bustling black market in tee times at municipal golf courses. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Europe has moved ahead of the US in its efforts to rein in tech. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 21 Mar. 2024 With the help of her girls, Sharon hopes to rein in the robot and bring her husband home to their penthouse in the building that looks like the Avengers Tower, but, for legal reasons, definitely isn’t. Dennard Dayle, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2024

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“Rein in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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