In the palm of your hand

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 06, 2005

In Reply to: In the palm of your hand posted by Mark on May 05, 2005

: When you say you have somebody in the palm of your hand, you mean that you are controlling him/her. Did it come from the poem "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake?

: I doubt it. I suspect that like "fish out of water", which somebody posted a query about a week or so ago, it is such a natural metaphor that however early an example of its use you found you could never say that you had found its "origin".