putty in someone's hands
A person who is easily influenced or malleable, as in Dean adored his little granddaughter; he was putty in her hands. This metaphoric term, first recorded in 1924, transfers the malleable quality of putty to human behavior. Also see twist around one's finger.
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“We all shook hands and my client told me to leave,” he said.
And yes, someone has already called Spencer a “Small Fry,” har har.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For someone with anorexia, self-starvation makes them feel better.
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she continued.
Binge eating and purging does the same for someone with bulimia.
With a suffocating gasp, she fell back into the chair on which she sat, and covered her face with her hands.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
She sat straight up in bed, and jerked her hands to her head, and screamed long and terribly.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
He reached forward and took her hands, and if Mrs. Vivian had come in she would have seen him kneeling at her daughter's feet.Confidence|Henry James
He burst into a loud laugh, clapped his hands, and danced before the delighted babe.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
There was no vivacity in his putty-coloured features, but there were promptitude and decision in every abrupt gesture.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu