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bridle

verb

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to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)
  • try to bridle your criticism next time so that it is helpful and not hurtful

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restrain, check, curb, bridle mean to hold back from or control in doing something. restrain suggests holding back by force or persuasion from acting or from going to extremes. restrained themselves from laughing check implies restraining or impeding a progress, activity, or impetus. trying to check government spending curb suggests an abrupt or drastic checking. learn to curb your appetite bridle implies keeping under control by subduing or holding in. bridle an impulse to throw the book down

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The first known use of bridle was before the 12th century

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“Bridle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bridle. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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