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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.
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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.
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In addition to the physical sway measurements, a modified 11-point rating scale was used to determine the perceptions of postural sway and instability (P; Chiou, Bhattacharya, Lai, & Succop, 1998).
Instability manifests as an exaggeration of the COG sway and is the expression of the difficulty encountered in resisting the destabilizing effects of gravity.
The base of support, which also affects postural control, influenced postural sway only in terms of sway velocity.
FFT analyses showed a change in body sway activity only for the higher frequency range (11-18 Hz) and only along the z-axis.
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To further quantify the changes in postural sway between baseline and posttraining, the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) method was used for the COP trajectory in both the anterior-posterior and the medial-lateral components of sway.
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Siginificant differences existed in the EC, ECSRS and EOSRVS among the six SOT balance conditions for RMS sway and sway velocity in both the anterior posterior and medio-lateral directions (AP & ML RMS and AP & ML sway velocity).
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