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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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"This has fully revealed that 'America first policy', which the gang of Trump is crying out loudly about, is nothing but the proclamation of aggression aimed at holding sway over the world according to its taste and at its own free will," Kim added.
Attiyah said more than 1.5 million barrels of extra supplies in the market were not helping to stabilise oil prices due to the political factors holding sway.
Pace-setters Old Ball crushed Oakwood Alvis 5-1, Andy Hayes (2), Adam Bench, Darren Judge and Dave O'Loughlan holding sway while Dion Richards logged the home consolation.