We must ruthlessly accommodate ourselves to a world that has shown, once again, that it is not putty in our hands.
Now he can just charge out there and do more of this, and in no time the nation will be putty in our hands!
David wants to win the family over, and everybody, except Anna, is putty in his hands.
When asked whether he was sexy she replies, "Everyone is putty around him… Look at him."
The mixture of these two substances being complete, add sifted quick-lime, and make the whole into the consistence of putty.
They are putty in the hands of the fears and forces that beset them from without.
Powdered clay or whiting made into putty with water and boiled linseed oil.
While the putty is drying the spray-hood or turtle-deck can be made.
The marks of it are as easy to see as finger prints in putty.
Chips was there the whole afternoon on his knees, messing with putty and red-lead.
1630s, "type of plasterer's cement," from French potée "polishing powder" (12c.), originally "pot-full, contents of a pot," from Old French pot "container" (see pot (n.1)). Meaning "soft mixture for sealing window panes" first recorded 1706. Figurative use in reference to one easily influenced is from 1924. Putty knife attested from 1834.
1734, from putty (n.). Related: Puttied; puttying.
A very malleable or biddable person or persons: they'll be putty and do exactly what you want (as they should) (1924+)