be in control

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be in control

1. To possess the ultimate authority in a hierarchy or situation; to be in charge. Who's in control here? I want to talk to the ranking officer.
2. To be confident and capable, often when faced with a stressful situation. Your mother was terrified when she first learned to drive, but now she is completely in control behind the wheel. You need to be in control of the interrogation—don't let the suspect dictate the conversation.
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be in conˈtrol (of something)

be able to organize your life well and keep calm: In spite of all her family problems, she’s really in control.
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Thus, though the images indicate that the gun-wielding Border Patrol commandos are in control of the situation and are terrifying the child, that is a misperception.