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eat out of someone's hand

Be manipulated or dominated by another, be submissive, as in He had the press eating out of his hand. This metaphoric expression alludes to a tame animal eating out of one's hand. [Early 1900s]


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Nearby words

eat one's cake and have it, too, eat one's hat, eat one's heart out, eat one's words, eat out, eat out of someone's hand, eat shit, eat someone alive, eat someone out, eat someone out of house and home, eat someone up
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