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Have the world by the balls

verb phrase

(Variations: by the tail or on a string may replace by the balls) To be in a very profitable and dominant situation; HAVE something CINCHED, shit in high cotton: Dunning had the world by the balls/ With a good agent, you’ve got the world by the balls (1970s+)


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    verb 1. (transitive, adverb; usually passive) to cause to appear for trial: he was had up for breaking and entering

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    verb phrase To have the right abilities, personality, etc, for success: Do you have what it takes? Let me enhance your gifts! (1934+)

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