get (one's) hooks into (someone or something)

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get (one's) hooks into (someone or something)

To gain control or influence over someone or something, especially with an ulterior motive. Because of my family's fortune, my parents always worry that any girl I date is just trying to get her hooks into me for my money.
See also: get, hook
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get your hooks into someone

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If someone gets their hooks into you, they control or influence you in a way that is difficult to escape from. `She's got her hooks into you,' taunted my male friends. The big industries like to get their hooks into the bright young people by helping to pay for their education.
See also: get, hook, someone
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get your ˈhooks into somebody

gain influence or control over somebody: He was perfectly happy living alone until that woman got her hooks into him.
See also: get, hook, somebody
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get one’s hooks into someone

tv. [for a woman] to succeed in “capturing” a specific man. When she got her hooks into him, she decided he wasn’t so great after all.
See also: get, hook, someone

get one’s hooks into something

tv. to get a hold of something; to gain control of something. If I could get my hooks into the control of the company, I would change things for the better.
See also: get, hook, something
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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