driver's seat


Definition of driver's seat 

: the position of top authority or dominance

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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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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 Indeed, preseason prognostications aside, cementing a playoff spot was merely the first goal for these Blazers, whose late-season hot streak has thrust them into the driver's seat for the third seed in the Western Conference. Joe Freeman,, "Portland Trail Blazers 'not done yet' after clinching spot in Western Conference playoffs," 2 Apr. 2018 With 6-6 guard Tevis Stukes and 6-7 center David Ilesanmi leading the defense, the Panthers are in the driver's seat for the district title, and their first playoff appearance since 1996. 4. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Houston HS basketball primer: Jan. 26," 25 Jan. 2018 According to rankings, Stears is in the driver's seat for another state appearance. Scott Springer,, "Undefeated heavyweight eyeing state run for Williamsburg High School wrestling," 4 Jan. 2018 But with Mack at the helm, Louisville is back in the driver's seat. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of driver's seat

1923, in the meaning defined above

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evasion of direct action or statement

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