the upper hand


: the position of having power or being in control in a particular situation
He always has to have the upper hand.
sometimes used figuratively
The infection was gaining the upper hand and the patient's condition was deteriorating.

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“The upper hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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