upper hand


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upper hand

n.
A position of control or advantage.

upper hand

n
the upper hand the position of control; advantage (esp in the phrases have or get the upper hand)

up′per hand′


n.
the dominating or controlling position; advantage.
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Noun1.upper hand - position of advantage and controlupper hand - position of advantage and control  
favorable position, favourable position, superiority - the quality of being at a competitive advantage

upper hand

noun
A dominating position, as in a conflict:
Informal: inside track, jump.
Translations

upper hand

n to have the upper handprendere il sopravvento
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In the end I found that both feared me, but that Umhlangana would certainly put me to death if he gained the upper hand, whereas this was not yet in the mind of Dingaan.
For you it's a question of whether you keep the upper hand of me, while for me.
Squalling was the word for it; Pew's anger rose so high at these objections till at last, his passion completely taking the upper hand, he struck at them right and left in his blindness and his stick sounded heavily on more than one.
I've got the upper hand over you, Fagin; and, d--me, I'll keep it.
She's going to our house--ah, the women are getting the upper hand now, and serve the men right, I say
We got on them before they could load, and they stood to it like men; but we had the upper hand of them, and in five minutes it was all over.
Do you suppose, young man, that I don't know what little purse-proud tradesmen are, when, through some fortunate circumstances, they get the upper hand for a brief day--or think they get the upper hand--of a gentleman?
We are breaking all humanizing ties, and making them brute beasts; and, if they get the upper hand, such we shall find them.
Kennedy, with his hair blown wildly about his face, looked on without speaking; but the doctor had regained all his daring in the midst of this deadly peril, and not a sign of his emotion was betrayed in his countenance, even when, after a last violent twirl, the Victoria stopped suddenly in the midst of a most unlooked-for calm; the north wind had abruptly got the upper hand, and now drove her back with equal rapidity over the route she had traversed in the morning.
Rose came down from her high horse with a rapidity that was comical, for Ariadne had the upper hand now.
False priests, false prophets, false doctors, false patriots, false prodigies of every kind, veiling their proceedings in mystery, have always addressed themselves at an immense advantage to the popular credulity, and have been, perhaps, more indebted to that resource in gaining and keeping for a time the upper hand of Truth and Common Sense, than to any half-dozen items in the whole catalogue of imposture.
Here it seemed to Little Dorrit that a change came over the Marshalsea spirit of their society, and that Prunes and Prism got the upper hand.
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