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English definition of “bridle”


noun [C] uk   /ˈbraɪ.dl̩/ us  
a set of leather straps that are put around a horse's head to allow its rider to control itHorse ridingHorse racing


verb uk   /ˈbraɪ.dl̩/ us  

bridle verb (SHOW ANGER)

[I] to show sudden anger: She bridled at the suggestion that she had been dishonest.Becoming angry and expressing anger

bridle verb (CONTROL ANIMAL)

[T] to put a bridle on a horse or similar animal: Polly saddled and bridled her favourite horse.Horse ridingHorse racing
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