What is rein?

  • (noun): One of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse.
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Reins are items of horse tack, used to direct a horse or other animal used for riding or driving. Reins can be made of leather, nylon, metal, or other materials, and attach to a bridle via either its bit or its noseband.

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Martin Rein
... Martin Rein (March 2, 1915 – July 17, 2010, pronounced Rhine) was an American businessman who co-founded Standard Security Life Insurance Company ... Rein gained his degree in law from the Columbia Law School at age 21 ... Rein lived most of his life in New York ...

More definitions of "rein":

  • (noun): Any means of control.
    Example: "He took up the reins of government"
  • (verb): Stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins.
    Synonyms: rein in
  • (verb): Stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins.
    Synonyms: rein in

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