under the sway of (someone)

idiom

: in or into a state of being controlled by (someone)
They are under the sway of terrorists.
He has come/fallen under the sway of terrorists.

Examples of under the sway of (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet the country will have to work with poorer and weaker neighbors to clean up their security forces, which have sometimes fallen under the sway of criminal organizations. Matias Spektor, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2024 The couple is brought under the sway of the Spiritualist Movement and there, secrets of Evelyn's past threaten to emerge. Ew Staff, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2023 Other factors involve the petitioner’s childhood, including any mistreatment, and whether the offender’s crime was committed under the sway of an older person. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 And teen Shauna’s best friend Jackie (Ella Purnell) died from exposure, sleeping outside right before the first snowfall of the season because she felt rejected by Shauna and the other girls who were falling under the sway of Lottie’s religious zealotry. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2022 This run puts a larger portion of the market under the sway of a few big names. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 Nagorno-Karabakh, known as Artsakh by Armenians, lies in an area that over centuries has come under the sway of Persians, Turks, Russians, Ottomans and Soviets. Reuters, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2023 Abdul Rashid Dostum; of Herat, previously under the sway of former mujahideen leader Ismail Khan; and of Mazar-e Sharif, formerly run by Atta Nur, reveal how deeply flawed that assumption was. P. Michael McKinley, Foreign Affairs, 16 Aug. 2021 Romney, who describes his career in politics as a moral mission driven by his Mormon faith, has in recent years been marginalized in a party that has shifted to the right under the sway of Trump. Annie Karni, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'under the sway of (someone).' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near under the sway of (someone)

Cite this Entry

“Under the sway of (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/under%20the%20sway%20of%20%28someone%29. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!