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have (one) cold

To have one utterly under control, to the extent that their actions can be dictated. Please don't report me to the headmaster. You have me cold! Once the gangsters were able to blackmail Susan, they had her cold.
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have someone cold

have someone at your mercy. US informal
1988 Rodney Hall Kisses of the Enemy He waited in his office for news of violence, knowing that then he would have the troublemakers cold.
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URI were experienced by 36(70 of athletes, 26(70 had GI distress, and significantly more females (70(70) than males (47171) had cold, flu, or mono that had restricted sport performance.
Furthermore, 5614 had colds, the flu, or mono-nucleosis, and 26% had GI distress that had restricted sport performance.