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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Police reported a keyless remote had been left under the driver's seat. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lock those cars: Rash of thefts from vehicles reported in Mequon," 3 July 2018 While searching the Cruze, police found an open can of beer next to the driver's seat, as well as marijuana, a grinder and a pipe. John Benson,, "Drunk driver arrested with marijuana and open can of beer: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 3 May 2018 While it has previously been reported that Jennifer Hart was discovered in the driver's seat, Baarts told NBC News that CHP has not determined which woman was driving at the time of the incident. Lizzy Acker,, "Deadly Hart family crash may have been intentional, CHP says," 1 Apr. 2018 For at least the first few weeks—and possibly longer—there will be a safety driver in the driver's seat who will monitor the car's performance and answer customer questions. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 On Friday, police and Carlton couldn't explain how the suspect was able to get so close to the open patrol vehicle and its driver's seat. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "Police union defends baton beating caught on video as within 'use of force matrix'," 1 June 2018 The driver's seat also was positioned too close to the steering wheel to accommodate a man of Miguel Santiago’s size, the affidavit said. Aimee Green,, "DUII driver who left behind her dying dad after wrecking car gets 4+ years," 25 May 2018 Police found cocaine, heroin and ecstasy in the cup holder of the center console, and marijuana on the front driver's seat. Heather Nolan,, "9 charged in racketeering indictment stemming from D-Block drug ring investigation," 15 May 2018 The vehicle was in autonomous mode but there was an occupant in the driver's seat who suffered minor injuries, police said. CBS News, "Waymo self-driving SUV involved in crash in Chandler, Arizona," 4 May 2018

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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