hold (all/all of) the cards


: to be in control of a situation and have the power to make decisions
It's your decision. You're holding all the cards.

Examples of hold (all/all of) the cards in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The durable version includes a handy clip to hold all the cards and clip them to a beach bag or backpack. Maya Polton, Parents, 21 Nov. 2023 But to Roxana Rivera, who leads SEIU 32BJ in Massachusetts, the ballot initiative focused on the right to organize is just another way to give drivers rights and standing to negotiate with massive companies that — as the gig-driver industry is currently structured — hold all the cards. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2023 Somehow your husband seems to hold all the cards here --both financially and emotionally. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 The negotiations are one-sided; the French, who hold all the cards, want surrender on their terms. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 5 Nov. 2022 In music negotiations, superstars usually hold all the cards. Neil Shah, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2021 When Americans next descend into irrational panic and overload our paper-goods supply chains, whoever holds the durable cloth household items will hold all the cards. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2020 Job openings neared their all-time high in December despite the spread of COVID’s omicron variant while quitting dropped modestly from its record level as workers continued to hold the cards amid labor shortages. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2022 While many landlords are holding on to high rental rates despite climbing vacancies, tenants still hold the cards. Jonathan Keyser, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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“Hold (all/all of) the cards.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%20%28all%2Fall%20of%29%20the%20cards. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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