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bri·dle

(brī'dil),
1. Synonym(s): frenum
2. A band of fibrous material stretching across the surface of an ulcer or other lesion or forming adhesions between opposing serous or mucous surfaces.
[M.E. bridel]
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Bridled nailtail wallabies have bounced back from the brink of extinction
Among the plaintiffs: Greenpeace; the Council on American-Islamic Relations; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Hoover Institution scholar Larry Diamond, who studies democratic development around the world; James Bamford, author of books on the NSA; and pro-war pundit Christopher Hitchens, who in a statement submitted with the suit bridled at "being asked to trust the state to know best" when the "agencies entrusted with our protection have repeatedly been shown, before and after the fall of 2001, to be conspicuous for their incompetence and venality.
We bridled our dreams // and they fell; the ground lay / heavy / with bones.