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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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In an immediate response, Penang Island City Council issued a statement to confirm that the construction work on the retaining wall was illegal.
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The self-balance retaining wall is a new type slope supporting structure.
Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “We have often installed a retaining wall where the soil erosion was the factor causing foundation damage.
There is no point retaining foreign players as you can only have four of them in the playing XI.
Owners pay more attention to retaining walls when faced with transferring their property because the movement in or shifting of a retaining wall may be documented in a survey of the property when it is in the process of being conveyed.
* Retaining workpapers long enough to meet the needs of their practice and to satisfy any legal requirements relating to record retention.
Audi's A3 led the compact family car category, retaining 54.5 per cent of its value over three years.
Alfred Hess, an education professor at Northwestern University, are quick to point out that the justifications for retaining students should not be based solely on their impact on retained students, but rather on the effect of the threat of retention on all students and their families.
If the retaining ring has not been correctly clicked into place, the positional locking cap will not click into place.
Recently, we've had a spate of calls concerning retaining walls that are not, well, retaining any more.
In this way, users can continue to benefit from advancing capabilities while retaining access to data on older media.
AGE's practice, and that of its academic affiliates, of not retaining copies of draft expert reports that had been shared between them resulted in decisions by the judge that were detrimental to its client and itself.