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What does "palm of the hand" refer to in this context? Also, in what circumstances could I use it?


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"Palm of one's hand" means you have complete control over someone or something. So in this context, once they gain their trust, they think they'll have control over them. It also has a similar meaning to "have them right where we want them." You can use this when the circumstances align and you're trying to control or manipulate someone or something to do what you want. Ex: The residents will be in the palm of our hands after they announce who the new Mayor is. They'll have to agree to the new building. Ex: Because he's so talented, he's got his parents in the palm of his hand. Ex: I have the board of directors in the palm of my hand.

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