be in the saddle

be in the saddle

To be in control of a situation; to be in a position of power. Make sure to get good grades now, so that you're in the saddle when it comes time to choose a college. We're still leading in the polls, so nobody panic—we're in the saddle here.
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be in the saddle

to be in control of a situation With a new leader firmly in the saddle the party looks set for victory at the next election.
See also: saddle