putty in someone's hands

Definition of putty in someone's hands

  1. —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

  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

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

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

  1. :  to use putty on or apply putty to

  1. :  some person :  somebody

handplay 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

    :  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

    :  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

    :  to deal with

    :  furl

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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