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English definition of “have (got) sb by the short and curlies”

have (got) sb by the short and curlies

(also have (got) sb by the short hairs) slang
to have someone in your powerControlling and being in charge
(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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