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Have a hold over

Also, have a hold on. Have a controlling influence over. For example, Blackmailers have a hold over their victims, or, as Shakespeare put it in The Merchant of Venice (4:1): “The law has yet another hold on you.” [ Late 1500s ]


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    verb phrase To be sexually unfaithful; cheat (1940s+) Related Terms get a little on the side

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    verb phrase To be very skillful; be expert, esp and originally in a sport or game (1970s+)

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    verb phrase To be drunk; feel no pain (1598+)

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