Idiom:  take over the reins


Idiom:  take over the reins/take the reins

  • to take over control over something
  • to be responsible for managing or directing something

Note: This idiom often describes someone managing a company, government, campaign or project.

3 drawings of reins: 1. A close-up of hands holding the reins 2. The head of a horse with reins on each side of the face 3. People in a chariot holding the reins on a horse

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.

Example sentences

— 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.


  • take charge of
  • take over
  • take on
  • assume responsibility for
  • take up the baton for
  • gain control of
  • assume control of

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