Meaning of have someone in the palm of one's hand in English:

have someone in the palm of one's hand

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

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phrase

  • Have someone under one's control or influence.

    ‘she had the audience in the palm of her hand’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Watching them through the camera was like holding them in the palm of my hand - I could study every detail.’
    • ‘Now if you could only use that charm on the Council, you would have them in the palm of your hand.’
    • ‘Oh Anna, you know you have me in the palm of your hand.’
    • ‘All he had to do was suck Trista in and he would have her in the palm of her hand!’
    • ‘Though the film is long, it never bogs down and he has you in the palm of his hand when the final events begin to shake you up.’
    • ‘She had him in the palm of her hand, and she didn't even know.’
    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
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