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Examples of catbird seat in a Sentence
your fluency in French should put you in the catbird seat for getting the Paris posting
in the wake of the natural disaster, this obscure bureaucrat was suddenly and unexpectedly thrust into the catbird seat
Recent Examples of catbird seat from the Web
As Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo squabbled on the campaign trail, Schneiderman was in the catbird seat, the overwhelming favorite to replace Cuomo eventually in the governor’s mansion.
Whatever his motives, Cochran has put his political ally Governor Phil Bryant firmly into the catbird seat with respect to his soon-to-be vacant Senate seat.
Now there is a new voice in the Packers’ catbird seat, Brian Gutekunst.
If the tastemakers ever likewise catch up with Kreindler, the baseball historians and fans who got there first will rise from their catbird seats behind home plate and make room for them, under the lights.
This, combined with Jupiter (Mr. Lucky) in your sign, places you directly in the catbird seat.
Now, fresh from a redesign by interiors ace Martin Brudnizki—also behind the reno of New York’s Beekman hotel—the Bloomsbury Hotel is back in the catbird seat.
Show up early to grab a beer and a seat in the gallery windows, a catbird seat for people watching.
With John McCain publicly deferring to his judgment on Graham-Cassidy, Doug Ducey briefly occupied a catbird seat of great importance.
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Did You Know?
In the catbird seat was among the numerous folksy expressions that legendary baseball broadcaster Red Barber used to delight listeners. Some say he invented the expression; others say that he dug it up from his Southern origins. But the truth may be far stranger than those rumors. In a 1942 short story titled "The Catbird Seat," James Thurber featured a character, Mrs. Barrows, who liked to use the phrase. Another character, Joey Hart, explained that Mrs. Barrows must have picked up the expression from Red Barber. To Red, according to Joey, sitting in the catbird seat meant 'sitting pretty,' like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him. But, according to Barber's daughter, it was only after Barber read Thurber's story that he started using "in the catbird seat" himself.
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