plural noun
\ ˈrānz \

Definition of reins 

1a : kidneys

b : the region of the kidneys : loins

2 : the seat of the feelings or passions

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Musk had already taken the reins of several departments — including Field’s, which was vehicle production. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Tesla still isn’t shipping its $35,000 Model 3 — and Elon Musk keeps shifting his production targets," 22 May 2018 But the tax law enacted in December reins in several of those advantages. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "What to Expect From the Housing Market This Spring," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of reins

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reins

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin renes

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hold the reins

take the reins

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