have (someone) eating out of the palm of (one's) hand

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have (someone) eating out of the palm of (one's) hand

To have great influence over someone. If you want to have someone eating out of the palm of your hand, flattery always helps.
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Nothing delighted you more than to have me tie my piece bags on your backs for burdens, give you hats and sticks and rolls of paper, and let you travel through the house from the cellar, which was the City of Destruction, up, up, to the housetop, where you had all the lovely things you could collect to make a Celestial City.
It floated out upon the night, over the housetops, the crescent of the river, losing itself in the silence of the upper air.
It was a wire stretching from housetop to housetop.
Well, sir, they roosted around here on the housetop and the trees for an hour, and guffawed over that thing like human beings.
And all the clouds that lowered o'er our housetops,
The result of that conference was, that Gabelle again withdrew himself to his housetop behind his stack of chimneys; this time resolved, if his door were broken in (he was a small Southern man of retaliative temperament), to pitch himself head foremost over the parapet, and crush a man or two below.
For, the people who were shovelling away on the housetops were jovial and full of glee; calling out to one another from the parapets, and now and then exchanging a facetious snowball -- better-natured missile far than many a wordy jest -- laughing heartily if it went right and not less heartily if it went wrong.
From poles the wires soon overflowed to housetops, until in New York alone they had overspread eleven thousand roofs.
Then suddenly, as we approached Kew, came a number of people running, and the upperworks of a Martian fighting- machine loomed in sight over the housetops, not a hundred yards away from us.
I feel like crying it on the housetops,--like stopping people in the street to tell them.
His nickname through the wards was 'Little Friend of all the World'; and very often, being lithe and inconspicuous, he executed commissions by night on the crowded housetops for sleek and shiny young men of fashion.
Of course I don't shout that fact on the housetops," the Captain addressed me pointedly, "any more than our friend his shipwreck adventure.
The best of them looked over the garden; some of the others had a view of the blue lagoon, above the opposite rough-tiled housetops.
Not only did the distance to the The Pure Drop, the fully-licensed tavern at the further part of the dispersed village, render its accommodation practically unavailable for dwellers at this end; but the far more serious question, the quality of the liquor, confirmed the prevalent opinion that it was better to drink with Rolliver in a corner of the housetop than with the other landlord in a wide house.
I stood at the window with Ada, pretending to look at the housetops, and the blackened stack of chimneys, and the poor plants, and the birds in little cages belonging to the neighbours, when I found that Mrs.
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