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bridle

bri·dle

bridle

 
pronunciation:
braI dl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the part of a horse harness that includes the bit and reins and is used to guide or control.
She put the bridle on the horse and led him out of the barn.
synonyms:
hackamore
similar words:
bit, halter, harness, headgear, headstall, snaffle
definition 2: anything that serves to restrain or guide.
He's always putting a bridle on our fun.
synonyms:
bit, check, curb, restraint
similar words:
leash, limit, muzzle, trammel
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bridled, bridles, bridling
definition 1: to fit a bridle onto.
If you're going to learn to ride, you also have to learn to saddle and bridle your horse.
synonyms:
harness
similar words:
snaffle
definition 2: to restrain or put limits on.
We couldn't bridle our excitement.
synonyms:
control, curb, repress, restrain, suppress
antonyms:
vent
similar words:
constrain, govern, harness, inhibit, leash, muzzle, restrict, subdue, tame
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to react with anger; take offense.
He bridled at his mother's suggestion that he give up his art work and get an office job.She bridled at her colleague's personal attack.
synonyms:
bristle
similar words:
flinch, recoil, take exception
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