have a hold over (someone)

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have a hold over (someone)

To use knowledge of one's past behavior or misdeeds as a means of leverage or manipulation. I was a kid when I made that mistake! Just how long do you plan to have a hold over me?
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have a hold over

Also, have a hold on. Have a controlling influence over. For example, Blackmailers have a hold over their victims, or, as Shakespeare put it in The Merchant of Venice (4:1): "The law has yet another hold on you." [Late 1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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