catbird seat

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Origin of catbird seat

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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Idioms and Phrases with catbird seat

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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