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Definition of bridle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bridle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bridle
    BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdl//
     
    he / she / it bridles
    BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdlz//
     
    past simple bridled
    BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdld//
     
    past participle bridled
    BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdld//
     
    -ing form bridling
    BrE BrE//ˈbraɪdlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbraɪdlɪŋ//
     
    Equine sports
     
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  1. 1[transitive] bridle something to put a bridle on a horse See related entries: Equine sports
  2. 2[intransitive] bridle (at something) (literary) to show that you are annoyed and/or offended at something, especially by moving your head up and backwards in a proud way She bridled at the suggestion that she was lying.
  3. Word Origin Old English brīdel (noun), brīdlian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch breidel (noun). Sense (2) of the verb use is from the action of a horse when reined in.
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