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English definition of “hold the key”

hold the key

to have control of something: Because the two main parties have won almost the same number of votes, the minority group holds the key to the result.Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of hold the key from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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