meaning and examples of the Phrase

Take over the reins

pronunciation:
British (male):
American (female):

to begin controlling an organization or a country.

She offered good advice to the new Speaker as he took over the reins of leadership in the House of Representatives.
Etymology: based on the idea that the person who handles the reins (= straps) that control a horse has control of the vehicle the horse is pulling

to take control of something, especially an organization or a country.

He took up the reins of government immediately after the coup. (often + of)

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