Definition of bridle in English:

bridle

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌɪd(ə)l
 
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noun

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 bridles
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

verb

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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 trees
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  • 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 tongue
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  • 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.
Synonyms
curb, restrain, hold back, bite back, control, keep control of, keep in check, check, keep a tight rein on, rein in/back; govern, master, repress, suppress, subdue, stifle
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 tone
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  • 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.
Synonyms
bristle, be/become indignant, take offence, take umbrage, be affronted, be offended, get angry, draw oneself up, feel one's hackles rise

Origin

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.

Phrases

off (or on) the bridle

see bit3.

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