under the influence of

idiom

: being affected by
She was under the influence of drugs.
The satellite came under the influence of the planet's gravitational pull.
under the influence of a foreign government

Examples of under the influence of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and unable to care for himself. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 Investigators said the driver was not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and detectives from the department’s traffic division are investigating. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 Police said he could also be charged with using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol pending an evaluation of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 6 Mar. 2024 The faint star system — the tiniest Milky Way satellite ever found — could be under the influence of dark matter. Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2024 He was found to be under the influence of a stimulant and placed under arrest. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 The movie follows a similar arc, with an additional subplot in which the creature destroys the city while under the influence of a powerful demon. Katie Rife, EW.com, 12 Mar. 2024 The manager at the fast food restaurant called police early Wednesday to report two men standing outside the business who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, the Fullerton Police Department said in a news release. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 The driver of the semi was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the CHP said. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 7 Mar. 2024

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“Under the influence of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20the%20influence%20of. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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