`to eat out of one’s hand’

When you have someone `eating out of your hand’, you succeed in getting him to do whatever you want. The individual becomes very submissive.

*Within no time, the former film star had all the office employees eating out of her hand. *As a young man, he dreamed that he would have his wife eating out of his hand.

The expression comes from the world of animal training. You know that a wild animal has been tamed when you succeed in getting it to eat something off your hands, without getting bitten.

Source: The Hindu ‘Know Your English’ Series, December 12, 2005


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