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whip hand

the hand that holds the whip, in driving.
an advantageous or controlling position:
She had the whip hand throughout the debate.
Origin of whip hand
First recorded in 1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are sure they will have the whip hand of the Narrows by to-morrow.

  • She knew she had the whip hand for the moment and meant to use it.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • "You've got the whip hand, as usual," said he, with a tinge of bitterness.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • He knew as well as they did that possession of the bill gave him the whip hand.

  • “You see, my dear girl, you now have the whip hand,” said Dud.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Now, of course, if you hold most of the available stock you have the whip hand of us.

    The Gold Trail

    Harold Bindloss
  • The speaker is too dumbfounded, so far, to be able to get the whip hand of the circumstances.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • "I'd sooner lose my whip hand than go back on him now," he declared.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • They were as deep in the mud as he was in the mire, and he had the whip hand of them all.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
British Dictionary definitions for whip hand

whip hand

noun the whip hand
(in driving horses) the hand holding the whip
advantage or dominating position
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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