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

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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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The first known use of whip hand was in 1680

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