Loose Rein

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Loose Rein

A management style in which employees are given a great deal of autonomy and in which individual contributions are encouraged. An advantage to loose reins is the potential to foster creativity; that is, proponents believe that the relaxed atmosphere encourages innovation and productivity. Critics maintain that loose reins lead to laziness and, at worst, insubordination.
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Prince Maiyo only smiled, and with loose reins stooped and patted her neck.
The senseless body was thrown across the spare horse, the four sprang to their saddles, and away they thundered with loose reins and busy spurs through the swarming camp.
Sleep thou, Sancho," returned Don Quixote, "for thou wast born to sleep as I was born to watch; and during the time it now wants of dawn I will give a loose rein to my thoughts, and seek a vent for them in a little madrigal which, unknown to thee, I composed in my head last night.
I slashed the horse with the whip, and gave him a loose rein until Woking and Send lay between us and that quivering tumult.
As to the monk, without withdrawing the poniard from the wound, he ran to the window, opened it, leaped out into the flowers of a small garden, glided onward to the stable, took out his mule, went out by a back gate, ran to a neighbouring thicket, threw off his monkish garb, took from his valise the complete habiliment of a cavalier, clothed himself in it, went on foot to the first post, secured there a horse and continued with a loose rein his journey to Paris.
He was going up with a fairly loose rein, as a matter of course.
It may have been a monument to some one long since dead, or it may have been used as a doubling-post in days gone by; now, however, it has been fixed on by Achilles as the mark round which the chariots shall turn; hug it as close as you can, but as you stand in your chariot lean over a little to the left; urge on your right-hand horse with voice and lash, and give him a loose rein, but let the left-hand horse keep so close in, that the nave of your wheel shall almost graze the post; but mind the stone, or you will wound your horses and break your chariot in pieces, which would be sport for others but confusion for yourself.
Yardbird, however, was trickier as he had to sit tight five out and then dropped his whip halfway up the run-in when challenging Rodalko and it became desperate as he shook the loose reins to win by a head.
Although they have some local taxing authority, the Hungarian government has not given loose reins.