the whip hand

Definition of the whip hand

:the position of having power or being in control in a particular situation
  • The owners of the company had/held the whip hand in the negotiations.

Word by Word Definitions

whip play
  1. : to take, pull, snatch, jerk, or otherwise move very quickly and forcefully

  2. : to strike with a slender lithe implement (such as a lash or rod) especially as a punishment

  3. : spank

  1. : an instrument consisting usually of a handle and lash forming a flexible rod that is used for whipping

  2. : a stroke or cut with or as if with a whip

  3. : a dessert made by whipping a portion of the ingredients

hand play
  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

  2. : 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

  3. : 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

  2. : furl

  3. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand


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