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have (or hold) someone in the palm of one's hand

Definition of have or hold someone in the palm of one's hand in English:

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.
have control over, have power over, have influence over, have someone at one's mercy, have someone in one's clutches, have someone eating out of one's hand, have someone on a string;
North American  have someone in one's hip pocket
See parent entry: palm
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