become pliant

See: give, yield
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In the eagerness of her affectionate anxiety for Maggie, Lucy could not persuade herself to defer a conversation about her with Tom, who, she thought, with such a cup of joy before him as this rapid fulfilment of his wish about the Mill, must become pliant and flexible.
Several ministers and bureaucrats had become pliant stooges of businesses.
To do this environmental groups need to abandon both their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status (which cripples them politically by circumscribing their ability to lobby) and the big foundations, to whom they have become pliant captives, mainlining money until they are hopelessly addicted.