upper hand
noun Date: 15th century mastery, advantage, control <
was determined not to let the opposition get the upper hand
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • upper\ hand — • upper hand • whip hand noun Controlling power; advantage. In the third round the champion got the upper hand over his opponent and knocked him out. The cowboy trained the wild horse so that he finally got the whip hand and tamed the horse …   Словарь американских идиом

  • upper hand — If you have the upper hand, you have the advantage …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • upper hand — index advantage, edge (advantage), predominance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • upper hand — [n] advantage benefit, break, control, dominance, edge, favor, gain, help, improvement, leverage, rule, superiority, supremacy; concept 574 …   New thesaurus

  • upper hand — n. the position of advantage or control …   English World dictionary

  • upper hand — noun position of advantage and control (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑whip hand • Hypernyms: ↑superiority, ↑favorable position, ↑favourable position * * * [noun] control, advantage, ascendancy, edge, mastery, supremacy * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • upper hand — n. control (colloq.) 1) to gain, get; have the upper hand 2) to lose the upper hand 3) the upper hand in; over (we gained the upper hand over them in that contest) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • upper hand —    If you have the upper hand, you have the advantage.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If a person or organization gains or gets the upper hand, especially in a fight or competition, they take control over something.     We increased our… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • upper hand — or[whip hand] {n.} Controlling power; advantage. * /In the third round the champion got the upper hand over his opponent and knocked him out./ * /The cowboy trained the wild horse so that he finally got the whip hand and tamed the horse./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • upper hand — or[whip hand] {n.} Controlling power; advantage. * /In the third round the champion got the upper hand over his opponent and knocked him out./ * /The cowboy trained the wild horse so that he finally got the whip hand and tamed the horse./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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