upper hand


Definition of upper hand

: mastery, advantage, control was determined not to let the opposition get the upper hand

Examples of upper hand in a Sentence

finally gained the upper hand in the argument
Recent Examples on the Web But mid-level workers, on the hunt for flexibility and fed up with their workload, seem to have the upper hand. Jane Thier, Fortune, 14 June 2022 And with today’s tight labor market, workers continue to have the upper hand — there are almost two jobopenings for every unemployed person — creating an environment that’s even more favorable to labor union activity. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 14 June 2022 As is often the case, the defenders have the upper hand. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 Assemblyman Robert Rivas seems to have the upper hand, but Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon still has the office, writes columnist George Skelton. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Whoever shoots more, farther and faster should have the upper hand. David Axe, Forbes, 4 June 2022 For now the dollar clearly has the upper hand, trading higher against the euro, British pound, and yen even as US inflation soars. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 13 May 2022 Some experts say that mutual abuse is a myth and that Depp and Heard's dynamic was one of reactive abuse, with power imbalances in which Depp had the upper hand. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 10 May 2022 Good morning, In this ongoing war for talent, one thing is clear—employees have the upper hand. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of upper hand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2022

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“Upper hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20hand. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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