meaning and examples of the Phrase
Take over the reins
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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