the upper hand

noun

Definition of 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 figurativelyThe infection was gaining the upper hand and the patient's condition was deteriorating.

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“The upper hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20upper%20hand. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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