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In the palm of my hand

Woman held by a 'King Kong hand' above Melbourne

Stunt expert Leigh-Anne Vizer sits on a 'King Kong' hand above the Australian city of Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images/ Scott Barbour

Today's Phrase

If you say you have someone in the palm of your hand, it means you have total control over that person.

Examples:

Elvis Presley was a great performer; he had the audience in the palm of his hand.

Joan knew all her neighbours' shameful secrets. She felt they were in the palm of her hand.

Take note

If you give someone a hand, it means you are helping that person.

Example:

I know how to operate this machine. Let me give you a hand.

Interesting fact

King Kong has appeared in movies since 1933. The story of a giant gorilla on a lost island that falls in love with a blonde actress and later goes crazy in New York was remade in 1976 and 2005.

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