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if you are dependent on someone or something, you need them in order to live or succeed

subject to something


in a situation where you have to obey a rule or a law



having an obligation to do something because of a law, promise etc



if you are answerable to someone, you have to explain to them the reasons for your actions or mistakes



depending on someone or something

be a slave to/of something

to be influenced or controlled too much by something

a hostage to something

someone or something that is controlled by people or things that reduce their freedom

under someone’s control/influence/spell

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



feeling that you should do something because you are expected to, or because it is morally right, even if you do not really want to do it



left somewhere with no way of going anywhere else

confidence and supply

an agreement between political parties that allows a minority party to play a part in government but is less formal than a coalition …

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troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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