- 1The headgear used to control a horse, consisting of buckled straps to which a bit and reins are attached: grooms came at once to take the bridlesMore example sentences
- The king ordered eight horses with gold-plaited bridles led into the hall.
- The man reaching for the bridle saw Kemp and dropped the bridle of his horse like it was a hot poker.
- Lila nodded and offered them two horses' bridles.
- 1.1A line, rope, or device that is used to restrain or control the action or movement of something.More example sentences
- Also shown was a variant in which the brass fence guides were replaced by wooden arms secured by a bridle.
- The dream of every cattle farmer in Namibia: to get that coloured rosette on the bull's bridle.
- 1.2 Nautical A mooring cable.More example sentences
- My first mate retrieved our towing bridle from a locker while Jeff flaked out our anchor line.
- A deck hand was killed when a tow bridle unexpectedly became taut and pinned her against a tugboat railing.
- They rigged a towing bridle and re-established the tow with the tug.
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- 1 [with object] Put a bridle on (a horse): (as adjective bridled) five horses, saddled and bridled, were tied by the reins to branches of treesMore example sentences
- Saddling and bridling a horse would be a subject of its own and I will certainly follow up.
- Maxim had already saddled and bridled both their horses and was waiting patiently.
- They learn to saddle and bridle the horse, to brush and feed them, and to clean the stall.
- 1.1Bring (something) under control; curb: the fact that he was their servant bridled his tongueMore example sentences
- Some-one please bridle this infamous brute, before it is too late!
- These symbols of solidarity circumscribe the Amish world and bridle the forces of assimilation.
- But he hoped that they would be bridled: ‘We can control them,’ he said.
- 2 [no object] Show one’s resentment or anger, especially by throwing up one’s head and drawing in one’s chin: she bridled at his toneMore example sentences
- Anna bridled at the implication that she couldn't look after herself.
- How she had bridled at his unsavory opinion of her.
- Almost alone among them, Morrissey bridled at the credit he got.
off (or on) the bridle
- see bit3.
Old English brīdel (noun), brīdlian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch breidel (noun). sense 2 of the verb use is from the action of a horse when reined in.