- The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
verb (bridl, ing)
- 1961. J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistíªs. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 457
- : the horseman, who is the user of bridles and knows their use;
- A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.
- (transitive) To put a bridle on.
- (transitive) To check, restrain, or control with, or as if with, a bridle; as , bridle your tongue.
- (intransitive) To show hostility or resentment.
Etymology: brÄdel from Common (Ger.)
- Immigrant-rights and religious organizations <b>bridled</b> at the plan to favor highly skilled workers over relatives. <small>(Houston Chronicle, 6/8/2007)</small>
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