Idiom: take over the reins/take the reins
Note: This idiom often describes someone managing a company, government, campaign or project.
What is a rein?
As shown in the picture, the reins are straps that are tied to a horse's bit.
The rider uses the reins to to guide and control a horse.
— Office morale improved drastically after the new director took over the reins.
— I hope the economy will improve when the next Federal Reserve Chairman takes over the reins.
— My son wants to be an actor but my husband expects him to take over the reins of our family printing business one day.
— Our CFO is retiring in August and they're trying to decide who will take over the reins.
— After the president was assassinated, an army general took over the reins and established military order.
— The management team decided a more experienced person should take over the reins of our social media accounts as soon as possible.
— I'm really tired of driving. Can you take over the reins for a couple of hours?
— I really liked Jonathan as well but Sarah has proven experience taking over the reins of a failing company.
— Who would like to take the reins on the Simpson case or should I just assign someone?
— We were well established before Jerry took over the reins but he acts as if our success is completely because of him.
— If you want to become partner in this firm, you're going to have to be more assertive and take over the reins of some important cases.
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