draw in the reins

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draw in the reins

Come to a halt, back down. For example, During a recession, many businesses are forced to draw in the reins on expansion. This expression transfers the means of stopping a horse to other kinds of restraint.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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