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catbird seat

noun, Informal.
an advantageous situation or condition:
His appointment as acting dean put him in the catbird seat.
Origin of catbird seat
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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catbird seat

noun phrase

An enviable position; a controlling position: The owners are in the catbird seat (1930s+)

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sit in the catbird seat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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catbird seat

A situation of advantage or superiority, as in His promotion put Charles in the catbird seat. This term is thought to allude to that noisy bird's habitual high perch. It was popularized in the 1940s by sportscaster Red Barber.
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