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Synonyms for sway

move from side to side


hold sway


Synonyms for sway

to move rhythmically back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above

to move back and forth or from side to side, as if about to fall

to have an impact on in a certain way

to exercise the authority of a sovereign

the power to produce an effect by indirect means

the act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled

Synonyms for sway

controlling influence

Related Words

pitching dangerously to one side

move back and forth or sideways

move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner

win approval or support for

cause to move back and forth


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He said the Taliban held sway in five districts, where 146 illegal armed groups existed.
A false rail on the inside saw the bulk of the low-drawn runners race towards the middle and that group held sway with 8-1 winner Jamaican Bolt (drawn four) touching 25 in running.
MARK Webber has revealed it was his head rather than his heart that held sway when it came to deciding whether to remain with Red Bull or jump ship to Ferrari.
THINGS have changed a bit since the non-PC dinosaurs held sway in our once macho police forces.
Vettel did find himself level on points with Red Bull team-mate Webber after the Monaco Grand Prix, but had to settle for second in the standings on that occasion as the Australian held sway by two victories to one.
Security officials said the Taliban destroyed several houses and killed nine men of a local Lashkar which was set up to challenge the militants who held sway in parts of Orakzai.
Defences held sway throughout and the 9-3 scoreline in favour of the visitors was down to a 3-1 penalty kick count.
From the first appearance of the tiny urn more than 120 years ago, the Ashes remain the most coveted prize in Anglo-Australian cricket.The kangaroo has held sway over the lion over much of the recent past, barring the 2005 series in England regarded by many as the finest contest in living memory.
For 11 years the grocer's daughter from Grantham held sway in Downing Street in one of the most turbulent eras in recent political history.
In the end the collective power of the Tonmawr forwards held sway after early tries from player-coach Austen Howells and ex-Aberavon centre Ricky Price.
United had to withstand plenty of second-half pressure from Bristol Rovers, but a solid defensive display, allied to early goals from Watford loanee Albert Jarrett, held sway over a second-half reply by Rovers substitute Lewis Haldane.
CONSERVATIVE anti-reform opinion has held sway at the European Parliament over proposed European Union (EU) wine market reforms, with MEPs approving the cautious report by Greek socialist member Katerina Batzeli.
During the post-World War II era, when state-of-the-art medications like the polio vaccine and antibiotics held sway and food was less understood as the good medicine it is, society seemed more willing to pass off lousy hospital fare with a few jokes.
The Mao "kitsch" affectation said to be growing in popularity is particularly incongruous since the chairman even attempted to banish humor where he held sway. The new book Mao: The Unknown Story, for instance, describes a period when Mao not only "banned irony and satire" but also invented a new crime termed "Speaking Weird Words." This offense was a catch-all phrase under which everything "from skepticism to complaining to simply wise-cracking could lead to being labeled a spy."
Instead, Everett champions an approach that held sway in the first half of the 20th century.