reign vs rein :

reign or rein

A king or queen reigns, but you rein in a horse. The expression “to give rein” means to give in to an impulse as a spirited horse gives in to its impulse to gallop when you slacken the reins. Similarly, the correctexpression is “free rein,” not “free reign."

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  • n  a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
    he was helpless under the reign of his egotism
  • n  the period during which a monarch is sovereign
    during the reign of Henry VIII
  • n  royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
  • v  have sovereign power
    Henry VIII reigned for a long time
  • v  be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
    Money reigns supreme here

  • n  one of a pair of long straps (usually connected to the bit or the headpiece) used to control a horse
  • n  any means of control
    he took up the reins of government
  • v  control and direct with or as if by reins
    rein a horse
  • v  stop or slow up one's horse or oneself by or as if by pulling the reins
    They reined in in front of the post office
  • v  stop or check by or as if by a pull at the reins
    He reined in his horses in front of the post office
  • v  keep in check
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