control over

control over (someone or something)

Power or influence over someone or something. Unfortunately, you're asking the wrong person for help because I have no control over the budget. Do you have any control over this group of screaming children?
See also: control

*control over someone or something

the power to direct or manage someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have no control over Mary. I can't stop her from running away. Who gave you control over what goes on in this house?
See also: control
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No house was near; no one was passing whom I could consult; and no earthly right existed on my part to give me a power of control over her, even if I had known how to exercise it.
The Hudson's Bay trader was a perfect master of his business, thoroughly acquainted with the Indians he had to deal with, and held such control over them that none dared to act openly in opposition to his wishes; nay, more -- he came nigh turning the tables upon the captain, and shaking the allegiance of some of his free trappers, by distributing liquors among them.
The battle to wrest control over the match will commence from the first ball and Twenty20 cricket will be at its best today.
as well as having direct ownership in TAT 12/13, we now have complete control over the speed at which we can provision services as well as the quality, variety, and flexibility of those services, from desk-top to desk-top," commented Bob Woog, Vice-President Global Operations, IXnet.
Winning FT status would have earned George Eliot more control overs its own finances and freedom to tailor its services to meet local needs.
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