take control (of someone or something)

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take control (of someone or something)

To gain, assume, or exercise the ability or authority to manage, direct, or influence something. Things have been running a lot smoother ever since Sarah took control of the project. You really need to take control of your staff, John. Their mistakes are costing this company a lot of money! I know I need to take control, but my kids are really difficult to manage.
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take control of someone or something

to get the power and right to direct someone or something. I will take control of him and see that he does what I want. Will you take control of the Wilson project?
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