upper hand


Definition of upper hand 

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

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finally gained the upper hand in the argument

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Browning was 26 of 35 for a season-high 354 yards with two touchdowns in a rare matchup between these teams when the offenses had the upper hand. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 championship the next step in UW’s short — but intense — rivalry with Utah," 28 Nov. 2018 For now, buyers are enjoying having the upper hand. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "The U.S. Housing Boom Is Coming to an End, Starting in Dallas," 26 Nov. 2018 So Trump will continue to have the upper hand in confirming judges to lifetime posts. Vox Staff, Vox, "Midterm elections 2018: live results," 7 Nov. 2018 Why do cities have the upper hand this time around? Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups," 30 Aug. 2018 Boys are raised seek the upper hand to avoid humiliation, explains Shea. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Men Who Scream at Work Aren't "Passionate." They're Abusive.," 4 Sep. 2018 Both had chances to gain the upper hand much earlier Friday. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 And yet, Yalta prevailed 2-1, seeming to gain the upper hand before playing host to the second leg of the playoff. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Stuck in Soccer Limbo, in the Shadow of the World Cup," 2 July 2018 Not surprisingly, an insufferable comment war has broken out on the restaurants’ Yelp and Facebook pages, with trolls supporting Trump and Sanders gaining the upper hand thus far. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders Was Asked to Leave Restaurant Over Her Work for Trump," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of upper hand

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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