hold sway over

hold sway over
index moderate (preside over), subjugate

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  • hold sway — ► FORMAL to have control or influence over someone or something: »Party leaders held sway over the hearings. Main Entry: ↑hold …   Financial and business terms

  • hold sway — 1. to control. Each group that held sway over a particular strip of the Mississippi River controlled who used it. 2. to have great influence. Ten years after she correctly predicted the crash, she still holds sway among stock brokers …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold sway — verb be master; reign or rule (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑control, ↑command • Verb Frames: Something s Somebody s * * * I see …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold sway — verb Be pre eminent; have the greatest influence (over someone or something); dominate …   Wiktionary

  • sway — [n] strong influence amplitude, authority, clout, command, control, dominion, empire, expanse, government, jurisdiction, mastery, might, power, predominance, range, reach, regime, reign, rule, run, scope, sovereignty, spread, stretch, sweep;… …   New thesaurus

  • sway — I n. dominance 1) to hold sway over 2) under smb. s sway II v. 1) to sway gently 2) (D; intr.) to sway to (to sway to the music) 3) (misc.) to sway from side to side; to sway back and forth; to sway in the breeze * * * [sweɪ] to sway back and… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sway — [swā] vi. [ME sweyen < ON sveigja, to turn, bend: for IE base see SWATHE1] 1. a) to swing or move from side to side or to and fro b) to vacillate or alternate between one position, opinion, etc. and another c) to lean or incline to one side;… …   English World dictionary

  • hold — hold1 W1S1 [həuld US hould] v past tense and past participle held [held] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in your hand/arms)¦ 2¦(event)¦ 3¦(keep something in position)¦ 4¦(job/title)¦ 5¦(keep/store)¦ 6¦(keep something available for somebody)¦ 7¦(keep somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hold — I [[t]ho͟ʊld[/t]] PHYSICALLY TOUCHING, SUPPORTING, OR CONTAINING ♦ holds, holding, held 1) VERB When you hold something, you carry or support it, using your hands or your arms. [V n prep/adv] Hold the knife at an angle... [V n] She is holding her …   English dictionary

  • hold — A process by which a bank restricts funds deposited by checks. Usually but not always used to restrict the proceeds of checks drawn on other banks until the funds have been transferred by the drawor s bank to an account that the depositor s bank… …   Financial and business terms

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