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under someone’s control/influence/spell - definition and synonyms

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  1. strongly influenced by someone, so that you do what you think they want, or you copy them in some way

    Murphy was very dominant and had the other boys completely under his control.

    It’s clear Bill is under her spell – he’ll do anything she says.

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