be in the catbird seat

be (sitting) in the catbird seat

  (American old-fashioned)
to be in a position of power and importance He'll be sitting in the catbird seat when the boss retires.
See also: catbird, seat
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Therapists used to be in the catbird seat, and now they're being eaten," adds Monroe.
When the market really opens up, these guys will be in the catbird seat.