in the driver's seat


: in a position in which one is able to control what happens
When his boss went on vacation, he suddenly found himself in the driver's seat.

Examples of in the driver's seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Airbnb Experience host Alexandre in the driver's seat, pulling over to pick up Emy. Emy Rodriguez Flores, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Jan. 2023 Given the speed at which the vehicle was moving, Khloé explained that the contents of Kris' stomach ultimately flew back at her in the driver's seat. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 With Herbst in the driver's seat, Kent took a short clip of the couple zooming through the landscape while wearing headsets. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 6 May 2024 The suspect ignores him, hops in the driver's seat and shuts the door as Lecompte opens fire. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 15 Apr. 2024 One photo Renner shared captured him in the driver's seat and sticking his tongue out while Ava looked over at him, smiling. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Another person in the driver's seat escapes off camera. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 20 Mar. 2024 Nikki Haley suspended her 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday morning, accepting Republican voters' clear preference to keep Donald Trump in the driver's seat of the GOP. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 However, the deal Diamond made with Amazon puts them back in the driver's seat of these negotiations. USA TODAY, 18 Jan. 2024

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“In the driver's seat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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