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bridel (plural bridels)
- The bridle; the set of headwear for directing a horse.
- The reins; the piece of headwear used to direct a horse.
- a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Psalm 32:9”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
- Nile ye be maad as an hors and mule; to whiche is noon vndurstondyng. Lord, constreyne thou the chekis of hem with a bernacle and bridil; that neiȝen not to thee.
- Don't behave like a horse or mule, who don't understand anything. Lord, you constrain the cheeks of them with a bit and a bridle, or they won't go to you.
- The bit; a mouthpiece for a horse that is attached to the reins.
- (figuratively) Supervision, monitoring, constraint, direction.
- (figuratively) Something that constrains or directs; a guideline.
- (rare) A strip or band of fabric.