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
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Examples from the Web for whip hand

Historical Examples of whip hand

  • I dunno how you're goin' to git along with men-folks, if ye offer 'em the whip-hand.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • I hold the whip-hand, and I should be an ass not to remember things.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Just sit where you are, the near-side gives you the whip-hand for Needham.

  • The exclusive possession of a marine boiler had given Falk the whip-hand of us all.


    Joseph Conrad

  • You're a pair of cranks together; but he's got the whip-hand of you this time.

British Dictionary definitions for whip hand

whip hand

noun the whip hand

(in driving horses) the hand holding the whip
advantage or dominating position
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