bridle

Part of speech: verb

To put a bridle on; check; curb; control.

Part of speech: verb

To raise the head and draw in the chin, as through resentment, etc.

Part of speech: noun

The head- harness of a horse, including bit and reins; any check; curb.

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Usage examples "bridle":

  1. When the horse reached home with the bridle sticking to it, she knew that I had been thrown. - "Myths and Legends of the Great Plains", Unknown.
  2. Another moment and she must have broken loose, or dragged the gate upon her- more likely the latter, for the bridle was a new one with broad reins- when some frightful injury would in all probability have been the consequence to herself. - "Wilfrid Cumbermede", George MacDonald.
  3. The storekeeper caught hold of the bridle. - "The Ridin' Kid from Powder River", Henry Herbert Knibbs.