eat out of hand
eat out of (one's) hand
To be completely accepting of whatever one says or requires. You can tell the candidate has his followers eating out of his hand—they'll believe anything he says, no matter how plainly false.
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eat out of someone's hand
Fig. to do exactly as someone says; to grovel to someone. I've got her eating out of my hand. She'll do anything I ask. He will be eating out of your hand before you are finished with him.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
eat out of (someone's) hand
To be manipulated or dominated by another.
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eat out of someone's hand, to
To be quite submissive. This expression, referring to a tame animal eating from a person’s hand, dates from the early twentieth century. “He’s like that,” wrote Joseph Conrad (Victory, 1915), “sometimes that familiar you might think he would eat out of your hand.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer