under the thumb of (someone)

under the thumb of (someone)

Under another's authoritarian control; continually forced to submit to another's will. They seem happy when they're out and about, but I hear that Sarah is under the thumb of his husband at home. The job paid pretty well, but I couldn't stand being under the thumb of the boss all the time.
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