- 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
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Related Wordsjurisdiction, force, rule, government, preeminence, supremacy, excellence, perfection, prestige, dominance, superiority, leverage, advantage, predominance, domination, ascendancy, control, power, influence, sovereignty
Examples from the Web for whip hand
I dunno how you're goin' to git along with men-folks, if ye offer 'em the whip-hand.Tiverton Tales
I hold the whip-hand, and I should be an ass not to remember things.The Market-Place
Just sit where you are, the near-side gives you the whip-hand for Needham.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
The exclusive possession of a marine boiler had given Falk the whip-hand of us all.Falk
You're a pair of cranks together; but he's got the whip-hand of you this time.
- (in driving horses) the hand holding the whip
- advantage or dominating position
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