hold sway

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.


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  • hold sway — ► hold sway have great power or influence. Main Entry: ↑sway …   English terms dictionary

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  • hold sway — formal 1) to be the main influence on people s opinions or behaviour Moral arguments no longer seem to hold sway. 2) to control an area Rebel forces still hold sway in the northern parts of the country …   English dictionary

  • hold sway over — index moderate (preside over), subjugate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • hold sway — have great power or influence. → sway …   English new terms 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 — phrasal to have a dominant influence ; rule …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

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