check (v.) Old form(s): checke
take the reins of, control, manage
3H6 II.vi.12[Clifford alone] O Phoebus, hadst thou never given consent / That Phaethon should check thy fiery steeds
KJ II.i.123[Queen Eleanor to Constance] Thy bastard shall be king / That thou mayst be a queen and check the world
KJ III.iv.152[Cardinal Pandulph to Lewis the Dauphin, of King John and the people] none so small advantage shall step forth / To check his reign, but they will cherish it
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