Definition of “have sb in the palm of your hand” - English Dictionary

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“have sb in the palm of your hand” in British English

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have sb in the palm of your hand

also have sb eating out of the palm of your hand

to have complete control over someone and to be able to make them do anything you want:

He had the audience in the palm of his hand.

(Definition of “have sb in the palm of your hand” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)