have a hold over

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have a hold over

Also, have a hold on. Have a controlling influence over. For example, Blackmailers have a hold over their victims, or, as Shakespeare put it in The Merchant of Venice (4:1): "The law has yet another hold on you." [Late 1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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