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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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 For SpaceX a successful launch would place the company firmly in the driver's seat in the race for commercial space travel, ahead of competitors like Blue Origin or Virgin Space. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Pushes Back 'Especially Dangerous' Dragon Test," 7 Jan. 2019 But in hustling between Pyongyang and Washington to set up the Kim-Trump summit and offering to broker other meetings with Pyongyang, Moon is fulfilling his promise to push South Korea into the driver's seat in diplomacy with the North. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Moon shines as he drives diplomacy with Pyongyang," 11 May 2018 Whether Obama's effort to warm relations worked or not, Trump's decision to end it has left America's adversaries back in the driver's seat in Havana. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump's Cuba rollback leaves U.S. out in the cold for island's future," 17 Apr. 2018 Austin said the driver's seat in his personal 2005 Infiniti also started moving backward and forward on its own. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons," 25 Jan. 2014 So administrators decided to try an unusual strategy — offering teachers $18,000 to get in the driver's seat. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Some Carmel teachers will drive school buses next year as driver shortage continues," 10 July 2019 Ferndale Police, Detroit Free Press Her high-speed spin in the driver's seat of a police car was apparently a joy ride for the woman who took off in an unoccupied Ferndale squad car, then led police on a wild chase before crashing in Detroit. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Dashcam captures woman's joy ride, crash in stolen Ferndale police vehicle," 9 July 2019 Your boyfriend seems to be in the driver's seat of your relationship. Ask Amy,, "Ask Amy: Boyfriend says ‘no good could come from’ talking about who he spent his birthday with," 6 July 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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