the dominating or controlling position; advantage: to have the upper hand in the fight.
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How to use upper hand in a sentence
Its stock price began to swing wildly, depending on who had the upper hand at a given moment.Like GameStop, Bed Bath & Beyond has been reduced to a meme stock. But 42,000 people work there. | Allan Sloan | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
We must now apply this hard-earned wisdom to give our authorities the firm upper hand to protect our democracy from those who would attack it.D.C. Officials Ignored the Lessons We Learned in Charlottesville. Here Are 3 Things Leaders Should Do to Help Prevent Future Attacks | Michael Signer | January 13, 2021 | Time
True, Republicans don’t have a clear upper hand in the polls or fundraising game, but that might not tell as much about what will happen as the actual results from November.The Case For Republicans In Georgia vs. The Case For Democrats | Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org) | January 4, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Whichever buildings sort out their discounts first might have the upper hand.New York luxury real estate could be a bargain in 2021 | Rachel King | December 27, 2020 | Fortune
The Giants have the upper hand for now, thanks to a sweep of Washington, but they have the toughest-looking slate in their division the rest of the way.How the NFL playoff picture is shaping up in Week 12 | Des Bieler | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Sure, the Red Coats had the upper hand in terms of transportation, supplies and training.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site | Justin Jones | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They and their allies seem to have the upper hand in Missouri.
This gives her again the upper hand, as she is seeking to fix a market price across all digital servicing for her work.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple | Dale Eisinger | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Liberals here now have a chance to gain the upper hand in terms of messaging, just in time for midterm elections.How Liberal Love for the ‘Border Kids’ Could Sink Immigration Reform | Keli Goff | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I fear Toronto has the upper hand on exceptional commercial projects, but what saves Montreal is its street and cultural life.
Gerent will either have to bow to the storm and fight, or else he will get the upper hand and quiet things again.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
He sat up and kissed Kate's letter, and Love began to get the upper hand of Liquor a little.
And to make all worse, she took the upper hand with him, which (as John well knew) was not the true relation of the sexes.Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
Their self-respect soon regained the upper hand, and they blushed at their own weakness.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
We all know that if they got the upper hand they would be far more cruel and more tyrannous than the whites have been.A Roving Commission | G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for upper hand
the upper hand the position of control; advantage (esp in the phrases have or get the upper hand)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with upper hand
Also, whip hand. A dominating or controlling position, as in Once you let Jeff get the upper hand there'll be no stopping him, or When it comes to checkers, my son-in-law generally has the whip hand. The first term alludes to an ancient game in which each player in turn grasps a stick with one hand, beginning from the bottom, and the last who can put his hand at the top wins. Its figurative use dates from the late 1400s. The variant alludes to the driver who holds the whip in a horse-drawn vehicle; it was being used figuratively by the late 1600s.
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