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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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For one thing, its dependence on the foreign market is only going to increase, and there will always be huge pockets of the world (and pockets of America) where the old orthodoxy (patriarchal, religious, puritanical) holds sway.
Despite Enterline's gestures in the directions of social and historical analysis, Lacan's paradigm holds sway in her thinking, prompting her to claim that "the practice of maternal care, is culturally inscribed within, but not foundational to, the very linguistic errors out of which a subject's sense of integrity is produced" (207) and to devote an entire chapter to Marvell's poetry without mentioning the English civil war.
Phil Sheridan, Robert Half managing director, said: "The old guard of finance still holds sway, with executives with a background in accountancy and finance holding the reins of the UK's top companies.
Hamas is less dominant in the occupied West Bank where the Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds sway.
And we'll bet that such facts are not being taught in the schools where the liberal establishment holds sway.