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.
Isolated and believing only in the ethic of violence, of branding others infidels and then visiting cruelty upon them, the children grow up fast and become pliant subjects for the next generation of militants.
The latter are perhaps the most culpable as they have patently become pliant tools in the hands of politicians.
Several ministers and bureaucrats had become pliant stooges of businesses.