Meaning of “have (got) sb by the short and curlies” in the English Dictionary

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"have (got) sb by the short and curlies" in British English

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have (got) sb by the short and curlies

also have (got) sb by the short hairs UK very informal

to have someone in your power

(Definition of “have (got) sb by the short and curlies” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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