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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.
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hold sway

To have a controlling influence; dominate.
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They renounce mimesis, the dominant western concept of art since the Renaissance, which had come to hold sway even in Russia, at least among the educated.
There, Newton's laws no longer hold sway, and the laws of quantum mechanics, as expressed in the Schrodinger equation, govern the behavior of atoms and electrons.
I still find that the uninformed continue to hold sway over the right of a woman to choose.
lAnti Matter (Martin Pipe) continues to hold sway in the market for Saturday's Mackeson Gold Cup.
Frost & Sullivan report: "The printed circuit board market in Europe is steadily gaining a higher profile in the electronics industry, particularly in the components sector where semi-conductors continue to hold sway.
Where the wild turnip had waved its solitary head above the level fields, flowers from all over the world now hold sway.
It is assumed that even a spectacular season from Anderson would be insufficient to hold sway with owner Donald T.
This month, the Christmas tree - ``Mommy's tree,'' trimmed with jalapeno lights and creche-free - will hold sway in the living room while the menorahs line the window shelf in the dining room.