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Definition of bridle:

  1. A mooring hawser.
  2. A restraint; a curb; a check.
  3. 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.
  4. The head gear with which a horse is governed and restrained, consisting of a headstall, a bit, and reins, with other appendages.
  5. The piece in the interior of a gun lock, which holds in place the tumbler, sear, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. To put a bridle upon; to equip with a bridle; as, to bridle a horse.
  8. 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.

Synonyms:

check, deterrent, baulk, stop, keep under, kerb, hold back, check mark, cheque, halter, keep back, tick, halt, check-out procedure, verification, brake, checkout, headstall, snaffle, substantiation, handicap, stoppage, bank check, curb, chit, chip, curb bit, withhold, hold in, balk, keep down, suppress, tab, stay, repress, hinderance, hold, hitch, abridge, curbing, arrest, circumscribe, keep in, bit, assay, confirmation.

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