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Definition of Bridle

Bridle

  1. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
  2. A restraint; a curb; a check.
  3. The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
  4. A span of rope, line, or chain made fast as both ends, so that another rope, line, or chain may be attached to its middle.
  5. A mooring hawser.
  6. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
  7. To restrain, guide, or govern, with, or as with, a bridle; to check, curb, or control; as, to bridle the passions; to bridle a muse.
  8. To hold up the head, and draw in the chin, as an expression of pride, scorn, or resentment; to assume a lofty manner; -- usually with up.

Bridle Quotations

Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace... on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.
William Drummond

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle.
D. H. Lawrence

An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.
Theophrastus

You can no more bridle passions with logic than you can justify them in the law courts. Passions are facts and not dogmas.
Alexander Herzen

Ned made a tremendous rattling, at which Bullet took fright, broke his bridle, and dashed off in grand style; and would have stopped all farther negotiations by going home in disgust, had not a traveller arrested him and brought him back; but Kit did not move.
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
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Bridle Translations

bridle in Dutch is bedwingen, beteugelen, betomen
bridle in French is bride
bridle in German is sich wehren, Zaum, im Zaum halten
bridle in Latin is frenum
bridle in Portuguese is breio
bridle in Swedish is tygla, tygel, betsla
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