Have someone under one’s control or influence: she had the audience in the palm of her hand
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- President McAleese addressed the large crowd and within moments she held them in the palm of her hand as, referring to just a few jotted notes, she made a truly inspiring speech which will stay with all present for a long time to come.
- When it came to his speech, he had us in the palm of his hand from early on with a few jokes about his time in the hot seat and his dealings with the president and others.
- But by the end Ross had them in the palm of her hand.