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

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

phrase

  • Have someone under one's control or influence.

    ‘she had the audience in the palm of her 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.’
    • ‘Now if you could only use that charm on the Council, you would have them in the palm of your hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Watching them through the camera was like holding them in the palm of my hand - I could study every detail.’
    • ‘Oh Anna, you know you have me in the palm of your 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.’
    • ‘But by the end Ross had them in the palm of her hand.’
    • ‘This Wendler was a guy who didn't need pity from girls because he really had them in the palm of his hand.’
    • ‘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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