driver's seat


Definition of driver's seat 

: the position of top authority or dominance

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Synonyms for driver's seat


chair, head, headship, helm, rein(s)

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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

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While singing in the driver's seat, Liam suddenly screamed out of the blue and scared Miley, which has now turned into a hilarious series. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Liam Hemsworth Scared Miley Cyrus in the Car Again While She Was Putting on Her Lipstick," 21 Sep. 2018 Lucid dreaming, however, puts you in the driver's seat. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 In fact, over the next five minutes the captain allowed four different children to sit in the driver's seat. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Duck boat capsized amid fast-changing conditions on Missouri lake, NTSB says," 28 July 2018 The driver's seat is comfortable but supportive enough. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Honda Accord proves there’s still life in the family sedan," 15 June 2018 As her maternal instincts kicked in, the woman forcefully pulled one man out of the driver's seat, ripping off his ski mask in the process. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Courageous Mom Fights Off Armed Carjackers at Gas Station," 21 Jan. 2016 Saudi women are officially in the driver's seat for the first time ever. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "'Free like a bird': Saudi women start driving as longstanding ban ends," 24 June 2018 Cox though looks to be in the driver's seat for the second spot. Harry Enten, CNN, "Lockout fears and a potential big night for women are the big stories in Tuesday's elections," 5 June 2018 Mississippi State is currently in the driver's seat for the No. Brody Miller,, "LSU takes No. 8 seed at SEC Tournament; plays Tuesday," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of driver's seat

1923, in the meaning defined above

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