hold the reins

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Then, ordering his sister to hold the reins, he mounted, and made me stand for ten minutes, watching how manfully he used his whip and spurs.
Addressing the ceremony, Professor Rana Arshad Qazi said that the students are the backbone of a nation as they will hold the reins of the country in future.
We seek to enable female CR holders to take full control of projects and hold the reins of their companies rather than being mere names on CR certificates," he told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.
Aged 63, the Musselburgh-born full-back took charge of Gretna initially as a player-manager in 1988 and went on to hold the reins for more than 11 years.
O'Neill insists the 29-year-old Albion defender has all the attributes to hold the reins somewhere himself one day.
He said the students were the backbone of a nation as they would hold the reins of the country in future.
Michael Izza, ICAEW chief executive, said: "Finance directors hold the reins in business as they steer organisations to growth, which is vitally important as today's companies contend with a fragile global economy.
Discussions are ongoing with other potential investors, but for now he and King hold the reins, and they are determined to prove an F1 team can be run correctly.
Thus with Labour's desire to win marginal seats from Plaid etc, it strikes me that much of this scaremongering has less to do with the benefits to Cymru fach, and more with the future of the Labour Party and the fear that it will never again hold the reins of power in London.
They stall and lie in wait until they can again hold the reins of government, and until then we shall all suffer the lack of ability to act on health care, immigration, job production, education, guns, voter suppression, presidential appointments, etc.
Joshi was asked to hold the reins of the railway ministry.
Club stalwart Sam Hanna was the last man to hold the reins.