under one's sway

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of under one's sway

:in or into a state of being controlled by (someone)
  • He has them under his sway.
  • He has come/fallen under his sway.

Word by Word Definitions

under play
  1. : in or into a position below or beneath something

  2. : below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

  3. : in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. : below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

  2. : subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

  3. : receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. : lying or placed below, beneath, or on the ventral side

  2. : facing or protruding downward

  3. : lower in rank or authority : subordinate

sway play
  1. : the action or an instance of swaying or of being swayed : an oscillating, fluctuating, or sweeping motion

  2. : an inclination or deflection caused by or as if by swaying

  3. : a controlling influence

  1. : to swing slowly and rhythmically back and forth from a base or pivot

  2. : to move gently from an upright to a leaning position

  3. : to hold sway : act as ruler or governor


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