have (someone) eating out of (one's) hand

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have (someone) eating out of (one's) hand

To have great influence over someone. If you want to have someone eating out of the of your hand, flattery always helps.
See also: eating, hand, have, of, out

have somebody eating out of your ˈhand

have somebody completely in your control so that they will do whatever you want: Once they knew that they would never be able to escape without his help, he had them eating out of his hand.
See also: eating, hand, have, of, out, somebody