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bridle (plural bridles)
- (equestrianism) The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
- 1961, J. A. Philip, “Mimesis in the Sophistês”, in Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association, 92, p. 457:
- […] the horseman, who is the user of bridles and knows their use
- (figurative) A restraint; a curb; a check.
- 1729, Isaac Watts, The Doctrine of the Passions explain'd and improv'd:
- Let wisdom put a bridle on them before they are grown head-strong and unruly
- 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.
- A mooring hawser.
- A piece in the interior of a gunlock which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
- A gesture expressing pride or vanity.
headgear for horse
- (transitive) To put a bridle on.
- 1835, Joseph Rodman Drake, The Culprit Fay:
- He bridled her mouth with a silkweed twist.
- (transitive) To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as in bridle your tongue.
- (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)
- (intransitive) To hold up one's head proudly or affectedly.
to put a bridle on
to check, restrain
to show hostility
- Alternative form of