twist around little finger
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twist (someone) around (one's) (little) finger
To gain complete control or dominance over someone; to make someone do whatever one wishes. The spoiled little brat has completely twisted his parents around his little finger. Everyone jealously accused her of twisting the boss around her finger.
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twist someone around one's little fingerand wind someone around one's little finger
Fig. to manipulate and control someone. Bob really fell for Jane. She can twist him around her little finger. Billy's mother has wound him around her little finger. He's very dependent on her.
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twist/wind around one's little finger, to
To exert a strong influence or complete control (on or over someone). This hyperbole dates from the nineteenth century. J. L. Motley used it in Rise of the Dutch Republic (1855): “She had already turned that functionary around her finger.” A more violent twentieth-century locution is to twist someone’s arm, a form of none too gentle persuasion. However, it often is used jocularly, as in, “You twisted my arm,” meaning either “You talked me into it” or “I don’t need to be persuaded to do this; I’d do it anyway.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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- accompany (one) on a/(one's) journey
- accompany on a journey
- (one) won't eat (someone)
- be out of (one's) league
- be out of somebody's league
- be in bad with (someone)
- (one) won't bite (someone)
- (one) puts (one's) pants on one leg at a time
- bargain for (someone or something) with (someone)