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 had seen Hines crawl from the driver's seat to the backseat of the Sentra after the crash. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Teen with 9 prior violations charged in crash that injured four, including child bystanders," 2 Aug. 2019 Like the Crosstrek, sight lines from the driver's seat are excellent. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "It watches you drive: Subaru Forester review," 11 June 2019 Gay poured an ignitable liquid on the driver's seat of the vehicle and then set it on fire. Madeline Mitchell,, "Crime Alert: Man admits to starting car fire," 16 Aug. 2019 Triston Jermaine Bradley was found slumped over in the driver's seat of a gray Jeep around 3:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Hortense Avenue, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "18-year-old man shot to death in vehicle in east Oak Cliff, police say," 12 July 2019 The high-energy season climax changed the trajectory of the show completely, as Beth made the split decision to get Rio out of the picture for good in order for the women to get in the driver's seat of their business. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "'Good Girls' Is Returning for an Explosive Third Season," 10 July 2019 Visibility is decent from the driver's seat, with good sight lines for an SUV. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The Volkswagen Atlas reviewed: A people’s wagon for the American people," 12 Apr. 2018 Officers arrived to find Dalton in the driver's seat, with his foot on the brake of a running vehicle. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Man sentenced to 15 years on drug charges after Anchorage police found him asleep at the wheel," 14 Mar. 2018 Porsche fitted a small curved wind deflector in front of the driver, and there's an aluminum roll hoop behind the driver's seat on top of a fairing. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Porsche Boxster Bergspyder Is an Awesome One-Seater That Was Almost Built for Real," 3 June 2019

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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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