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    one sentence, I can not understand what is the meaning

    Hi, teacher,
    I met the sentence "she held the reins in her hands"
    Could you tell me what is the meaning?
    Thanks
    Ian

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    Re: one sentence, I can not understand what is the meaning

    Ian, "reins" are the leather bands used to control a horse.
    "To hold reins" means to hold power.

    So, depending upon the context, "she held the reins in her hands" can mean
    1. she held the reins (leather bands) in her hands to control the horse.
    or
    2. she held power.

    "When the king became ill, he handed over the reins to his son."
    In this example, it means, the king passed on the power to his young son.

    "The prince had to take up the reins from his father at an early age."
    That is, the prince took over power from his father at an early age.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: one sentence, I can not understand what is the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by englishstudent View Post
    Ian, "reins" are the leather bands used to control a horse.
    "To hold reins" means to hold power.

    So, depending upon the context, "she held the reins in her hands" can mean
    1. she held the reins (leather bands) in her hands to control the horse.
    or
    2. she held power.

    "When the king became ill, he handed over the reins to his son."
    In this example, it means, the king passed on the power to his young son.

    "The prince had to take up the reins from his father at an early age."
    That is, the prince took over power from his father at an early age.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks, Englishstudent
    Now I am clear on this.
    Thanks
    Ian

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