take the reins

idiom

: to take control
The President-elect will officially take the reins in January.

Examples of take the reins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2006, current foundation President and CEO Rip Rapson came to Detroit to take the reins and transition the organization into the modern era. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 3 May 2024 Drebin will take the reins of the company that is in the midst of a transformation under the leadership of MTV and Revolt TV alumnus Andy Schuon, who was named president of the AXS TV and HDNet last month. William Earl, Variety, 26 Mar. 2024 During the game, Atkinson let his players take the reins a bit. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 The current thinking is that business leaders educated abroad might be the right fit to take the reins of civil affairs in Gaza. Anna Schecter, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 But would McCarthy be ready to take the reins as a rookie if Cousins signs elsewhere? 12. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Il San Pietro di Positano—Positano Vito Cinque owns Il San Pietro with his brother Carlo, the third generation to take the reins to continue their family’s legacy. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 But starting in 2018, the family decided to take the reins. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 There was no flashy sign-on, no new local DJ to take the reins as the frequency changed hands. Katie Thornton, Rolling Stone, 21 Jan. 2024

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“Take the reins.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20reins. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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