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English noun: bridle

1. bridle (artifact) headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control

Broader (hypernym)headgear

Part holonymbit, cheekpiece, headpiece, headstall, noseband, nosepiece, rein

Part meronymharness

2. bridle (act) the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

SamplesHis common sense is a bridle to his quick temper.

Synonymscheck, curb

Broader (hypernym)restraint

English verb: bridle

1. bridle (emotion) anger or take offense

SamplesShe bridled at his suggestion to elope.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)anger, see red

2. bridle (contact) put a bridle on

SamplesBridle horses.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)snaffle


3. bridle (communication) respond to the reins, as of horses

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)answer, reply, respond

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