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sway back and forth
to swing or bend from one direction to another. The pendulum swayed back and forth, counting off the seconds. Mary was swaying back and forth, keeping time to the music.
sway from side to side
to swing or bend from one side to the other. The car swayed from side to side as we started out, indicating that something was seriously wrong. He swayed from side to side with the rhythm of the music.
sway someone to something
to convince someone to do something. I think I can sway her to join our side. We could not sway Ted to our position.
See also: 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.
hold sway over
Dominate, have a controlling influence over, as in He held sway over the entire department. This idiom uses the noun sway in the sense of "power" or "dominion," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
To have a controlling influence; dominate.