driver's seat


Definition of driver's seat

: the position of top authority or dominance

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Examples of driver's seat in a Sentence

with her boss's early retirement, she unexpectedly found herself in the driver's seat
Recent Examples on the Web Lastly, a win for Louisville will put it in the driver's seat for its fifth straight ACC regular season championship. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 16 Jan. 2022 While reclined in the driver's seat, a bullet came through the rear passenger window, striking him in the temple, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 1 Jan. 2022 The automation isn’t considered self-driving because a human is in control in the driver's seat and can take control of the vehicle at any time. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 The result of this game could still go a long way in determining the NFC East champion and playoff berths in the NFC, although the Cowboys are in the driver's seat. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 6 Dec. 2021 The driver's seat height is also unnaturally high, leaving some of our noggins uncomfortably close to the microsuede headliner. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 Oct. 2021 The driver's seat belt retractor pretensioner assembly may not function correctly when activated during a crash. Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 The driver's seat belt retractor pretensioner assembly may not function correctly when activated during a crash. USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Wright was in the driver's seat of his car when he was shot. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of driver's seat

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of driver's seat was in 1923

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23 Jan 2022

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“Driver's seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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