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sway

to rock, teeter, wobble, or swing back and forth.
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In the end the collective power of the Tonmawr forwards held sway after early tries from player-coach Austen Howells and ex-Aberavon centre Ricky Price.
United had to withstand plenty of second-half pressure from Bristol Rovers, but a solid defensive display, allied to early goals from Watford loanee Albert Jarrett, held sway over a second-half reply by Rovers substitute Lewis Haldane.
CONSERVATIVE anti-reform opinion has held sway at the European Parliament over proposed European Union (EU) wine market reforms, with MEPs approving the cautious report by Greek socialist member Katerina Batzeli.
During the post-World War II era, when state-of-the-art medications like the polio vaccine and antibiotics held sway and food was less understood as the good medicine it is, society seemed more willing to pass off lousy hospital fare with a few jokes.
When the group first took flight in Los Angeles in 1964, the British Invasion in the form of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks held sway.
The Mao "kitsch" affectation said to be growing in popularity is particularly incongruous since the chairman even attempted to banish humor where he held sway.
Instead, Everett champions an approach that held sway in the first half of the 20th century.
Should that be the case, then the transition from the circular to the linear may not have been as dramatic or dynamic as Demos suggests, especially in those areas (the Chesapeake, the Carolinas, the sugar islands) where self-aggrandizing commercial values held sway from the outset.
As long as humanism held sway, the lute was the prince of instruments; when it waned, the days of the lute were numbered" (7).
De Duve, returning to Newman's text fourteen years later--seemingly light-years away from the painter's aesthetic moment--responds by posing two new, paradoxical questions, with a pair of historical addressees: the pioneers of modernism who broke with Western painting's past in the turn to nonobjective painting, on the one hand, and those artists, critics, and historians in the present of 1983 over whom modernism no longer held sway, on the other.
The UFT eventually prevailed and the teachers were reinstated, but a modified version of community control, in the form of decentralization, took hold in New York, and held sway until very recently.
In each of Manhattan's three office markets, negative net absorption once again held sway in November.