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Origin of upper hand
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Example sentences from the Web for upper hand
Even as he repeated the words, his easy goodhumor got the upper-hand again.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
And I knew right well how to get the upper-hand of my lovers.Margery [Gred], Complete|Georg Ebers
In most people, whether the senses or the intellect will have the upper-hand is very much a matter of early training.The Beth Book|Sarah Grand
A man that lives in a crowd is a slave, even though all that are about him fawn upon him and give him the upper-hand.Thackerayana|William Makepeace Thackeray
Being of a cheerful temperament, happiness had probably the upper-hand.Our Old Home, Vol. 2|Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for upper hand
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.