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.

Examples of the upper hand in a Sentence

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“The upper hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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