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sit in the catbird seat

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sit in the catbird seat

verb phrase

To be in the position of advantage; be SITTING PRETTY: willing to give us a hundred seventy million in preferred notes. We're sitting in the catbird seat

[1930s+; fr a term used by a poker opponent of the late sportscaster Red Barber to explain his situation with two aces in the hole at stud poker; Mr Barber adopted the term, which was afterwards used by James Thurber in a story called ''The Catbird Seat'' with attribution to Red Barber; probably a Southern dialect term based on a folk notion of the cleverness and masterfulness of catbirds and/or their high and superior perch]

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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