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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.
See also: hold, sway

sway back and forth

to swing or bend from one direction to another. The pendulum swayed back and forth, counting off the seconds. Mary was swaying back and forth, keeping time to the music.
See also: and, back, forth, sway

sway from side to side

to swing or bend from one side to the other. The car swayed from side to side as we started out, indicating that something was seriously wrong. He swayed from side to side with the rhythm of the music.
See also: side, sway

sway someone to something

to convince someone to do something. I think I can sway her to join our side. We could not sway Ted to our position.
See also: sway

hold sway over

Dominate, have a controlling influence over, as in He held sway over the entire department. This idiom uses the noun sway in the sense of "power" or "dominion," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
See also: hold, over, sway

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.
See also: hold, sway

hold sway

To have a controlling influence; dominate.
See also: hold, sway
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For study 2, percent change was calculated to assess the change in postural sway measurements from baseline to posttraining.
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The older adults were able to complete the prolonged standing task but produced smaller postural adjustments and less sway than the younger adults.
Very large wind loads can result if the vortex shedding rate matches the building sway rate.
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The Greek Orthodox Church holds great sway over the nation's government and is Greece's official religion.
that require excess sway space for deflection during a shock input.
In an earthquake or strong winds of up to 25 m/sec, sway is reduced by 75% to provide greater comfort for tenants.
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