putty in someone's hands

Definition of putty in someone's hands

used of someone that another person is able to control very easily
  • He does whatever his wife wants. He's putty in her hands.

Word by Word Definitions

putty play
  1. : a doughlike material typically made of whiting and linseed oil that is used especially to fasten glass in window frames and to fill crevices in woodwork

  2. : any of various substances resembling putty in appearance, consistency, or use

  3. : a light brownish-gray to light grayish-brown color

  1. : to use putty on or apply putty to

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

hand play hands
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ : the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

  2. : the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

  3. : a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. : with the hands rather than by machine

  1. : to touch or manage with the hands

  2. : furl

  3. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand


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