One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘put a bridle on her tongue’
curb, check, restraint, control
1‘she bridled at his tone’
bristle, be indignant, become indignant, take offence, take umbrage, be affronted, be offended, get angry, draw oneself up, feel one's hackles rise
2‘he bridled his indignation’
curb, restrain, hold back, bite back, control, keep control of, keep in check, check, keep a tight rein on, rein back, rein in
govern, master, repress, suppress, subdue, stifle
informal keep a lid on, keep the lid on
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