hold sway
phrasal to have a dominant influence ; rule

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hold sway — ► FORMAL to have control or influence over someone or something: »Party leaders held sway over the hearings. Main Entry: ↑hold …   Financial and business terms

  • hold sway — ► hold sway have great power or influence. Main Entry: ↑sway …   English terms dictionary

  • hold sway — index govern, preside Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hold sway — formal 1) to be the main influence on people s opinions or behaviour Moral arguments no longer seem to hold sway. 2) to control an area Rebel forces still hold sway in the northern parts of the country …   English dictionary

  • hold sway — they had held sway in France for a quarter of a century Syn: hold power, wield power, exercise power, have jurisdiction, have authority, have dominion, rule, be in control, predominate; have the upper hand, have the edge, have the whip hand, have …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • hold sway — 1. to control. Each group that held sway over a particular strip of the Mississippi River controlled who used it. 2. to have great influence. Ten years after she correctly predicted the crash, she still holds sway among stock brokers …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold sway — have great power or influence. → sway …   English new terms dictionary

  • hold sway — verb be master; reign or rule (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑control, ↑command • Verb Frames: Something s Somebody s * * * I see …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold sway — verb Be pre eminent; have the greatest influence (over someone or something); dominate …   Wiktionary

  • hold sway — rule, continue to influence, endure, exist …   English contemporary dictionary

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