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sway

[swā]
(naval architecture)
Lateral movement of the center of gravity of a ship.

sway

In thatched roof construction, one of the small willow or hazelwood rods laid at right angles to the thatching to hold it down.
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Celtic failed to muster a shot on target in sweltering conditions at the AXA Stadium as their opponents held sway in what was both sides' first competitive match of the season.
And they are promising big top derring-do mixed with legendary Russian folklore in the form of Grigori Rasputin - the man some describe as a mystic and others as a mad monk, who held sway at the Tsar's court until his infamous murder.
They held sway for most of the 20th century and brought the country no benefits culturally, economically or in terms of self-worth.
Welshpool's pursuit of European soccer was frustrated in this goalless stalemate at Park Avenue as the two defences held sway on a bone-hard surface.
That sort of treatment of voters would probably make world headlines if it were to happen in a foreign country where the USA held sway.
Only now, and predominantly in Europe has secularism held sway over most societies
At the oche they held sway 5-2 but the Meadow Street shufflers held the top hands at the old game to win 4-1 and take over pole position from Fife Street.
Neither side suggested they could make the breakthrough in this stalemate as defences held sway with both camps appearing content with a point.
Through this act of appropriation, he identified with Proust's traditional aesthetic values without, however, rejecting the social view of the creative act, which held sway, at least for a time, among some artists and critics during the 1980s.
That claim reminds me of the similar phrases -- "problem plays" or "elect nation plays" -- that held sway for a while and then were either discarded or discredited all around.
Defences held sway in the first half, but Huddersfield made the breakthrough on 67 minutes when Knight, on loan from Chelsea, rifled past an unsighted Mark Goodlad.
In fact, separatist beliefs never held sway over mainstream civil rights leaders.