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retain (something) over (someone or something)

To hold onto or continue to have control, power, influence, etc., over someone, something, or some group. I'm stepping away from the day-to-day business of the company, but I still retain control over any major decisions. I know Sarah's mother retains a lot of influence over her, even though they live in different parts of the country.
See also: over, retain
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

retain something over someone or something

to keep or maintain something, such as power or control, over someone or something. Tony found a way to retain control over Fred. I wish to retain veto power over the committee.
See also: over, retain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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103's five-year requirement, the auditor should retain the workpapers for the longer period.
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In October 2003, the SEC began requiring public accounting firms to retain all electronic communications associated with company audits.
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Yet increasingly, commanding officers have been creatively reinterpreting "don't ask, don't tell" in an apparent effort to retain gay and lesbian service members.
To reduce this defect, filters retain the slag, which keeps it from becoming part of the casting, and smooth the flow of the metal, reducing the turbulence and creating a smoother casting.
According to the new guidelines, publicly held companies can be just 30% minority-owned and retain their certifications.