the upper hand

Definition of the upper hand

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

upperplay
  1. :  higher in physical position, rank, or order

    :  farther inland

    :  constituting the branch of a bicameral legislature that is usually smaller and more restricted in membership and possesses greater traditional prestige than the lower house

  1. :  one that is upper: such as

    :  the parts of a shoe or boot above the sole

    :  an upper tooth or denture

  1. :  a stimulant drug

    :  amphetamine

    :  something that induces a state of good feeling or exhilaration

handplay
  1. :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ :  the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey

    :  the forelimb segment (such as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

    :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: such as

  1. :  with the hands rather than by machine

  1. :  to touch or manage with the hands

    :  to deal with

    :  furl


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