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the headgear used to control a horse, consisting of buckled straps to which a bit and reins are attached. a line, rope, or device that is used to restrain or control the action or movement of something. Nautical a length of rope, chain, or cable fastened at both ends to an object that is to be secured or moved or to a vessel that is to do the towing, a pull being exerted at the center of its length.
1 [with object]
(usually be bridled
) put a bridle on (a horse).
bring (something) under control; curb:the fact that he was their servant bridled his tongue
2 [no object] show one’s resentment or anger, especially by throwing up the head and drawing in the chin:ranchers have bridled at excessive federal control