bridle

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a horse with a bridle

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From Middle English bridel, from Old English brīdel, from Proto-Germanic *brigdilaz (strap, rein), equivalent to braid +‎ -le.

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bridle (plural bridles)

  1. The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês," Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92, p. 457:
      [] the horseman, who is the user of bridles and knows their use
  2. (figuratively) A restraint; a curb; a check.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of I. Watts to this entry?)
  3. A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.
  4. A mooring hawser.
  5. A piece in the interior of a gunlock which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
  6. A gesture expressing pride or vanity.

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bridle (third-person singular simple present bridles, present participle bridling, simple past and past participle bridled)

  1. (transitive) To put a bridle on.
    • (Can we date this quote by Drake and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist.
  2. (transitive) To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue.
    • (Can we date this quote by Burke and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Savoy and Nice, the keys of Italy, and the citadel in her hands to bridle Switzerland, are in that consolidation.
  3. (intransitive) To show hostility or resentment.
    Immigrant-rights and religious organizations bridled at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives. (Houston Chronicle, 6/8/2007)
  4. (intransitive) To hold up one's head proudly or affectedly.

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bridle

  1. Alternative form of bridel