whip hand


Definition of whip hand

1 : positive control : advantage
2 : the hand holding the whip in driving

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Examples of whip hand in a Sentence

unquestionably the company has the whip hand in negotiations with the labor union
Recent Examples on the Web In a chilling report released a few weeks ago about Hollywood’s subordinate relationship to Beijing, PEN America described the forces that have given China the whip hand. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Hollywood Shamefully Kowtows to Beijing," 9 Sep. 2020 The president will be held responsible for whatever happens, so House Democrats have the whip hand in any negotiation. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Democrats' grotesque coronavirus failure," 17 Mar. 2020 In fact, from the start the EU saw itself as holding whip hand in the talks, convinced that a failure, while bad for both sides, would be worse for the Brits. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Behind the Brexit Chaos, a Faulty U.K. Negotiating Strategy," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of whip hand

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whip hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whip%20hand. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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