hold sway

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hold sway (over someone)

To have or exert great control or influence (over someone). My father retired from politics years ago, but he still holds sway in the town to this day. It is suspected that the president's wife holds a lot of sway over the administration's policy.
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hold ˈsway (over somebody/something)

(literary) (of a person, a movement, an idea, etc.) have power, control or great influence over somebody/something: Rebel forces hold sway over much of the island.These ideas held sway for most of the century.
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hold sway

To have a controlling influence; dominate.
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IF THERE'S any subject where Marxist theories about economic exploitation still hold sway in America, it's military recruiting.
The duo have clashed once before, and on the evidence of that running in the King George VI Chase, Kicking King is going to hold sway once more, particularly as he is on home territory.
Susan Pedersen and others have focused attention on the provisions for mothers that made it easier either for them to stay at home or to combine child care and paid labor, but the view that the welfare state had to await the galvanizing political effect of World War II to come to fruition has continued to hold sway.
Past assumptions about spiritual needs and beliefs, religious attitudes and allegiances, no longer hold sway.
In this sense, the Boston folks still hold sway, but even that's changing.
Despite a somewhat brighter economic picture, tenants looking for space continued to hold sway in Fairfield County in the first nine months of 2003.
He notes that neither opinion should hold sway today.
The reasons for this paucity of novel therapeutics are beyond the scope of this essay, but if the designers of SMART are correct in the assumption that the current approach to treatment will hold sway for years to come, then the justification for the study is compelling.
Correspondents make a habit of echoing the assumptions that hold sway in Congress, the White House, and top federal agencies.