gain the upper hand


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gain the upper hand

To come to be in a position of advantage, power, and/or control (over someone, something, or some situation). We've been doing everything we can for your father, but I'm afraid the cancer is gaining the upper hand. The home team gained the upper hand when their opponents' star quarterback went out with an injury.
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IT TOOK North One outfit Hull a long time to gain the upper hand in this EDF Energy Trophy clash.
But buying failed to gain the upper hand in the bond market as many investors opted to await the outcome of the auction, traders said.
Darlington's Brian Close and Alun Armstrong featured heavily as the visitors began to gain the upper hand late in the match, ensuring that the home side were unable to respond and sealing the win.
Instead of City growing in confidence, however, it was the unsung Polish side who started to gain the upper hand.
Firefighters struggled to gain the upper hand on a rapidly moving wildfire in Little Tujunga Canyon on Thursday that cast a thick plume of smoke into the evening sky that was visible throughout the San Fernando Valley.
When less CTLA-4 is available, CD28 can gain the upper hand and rev up an immune response, contributing to autoimmune disease, Wicker and her colleagues hypothesize.
After a scoreless first leg it took the visitors only five minutes to gain the upper hand when Robert Cockings set up Jason Bird who finished from 18 yards.
Colwyn Bay tried to gain the upper hand after the interval but James McIlvogue's header was saved at the base of the post by Taylor and Marc Limbert fired wide.
CEO of The Warren Group, said Connecticut's August numbers show buyers are starting to gain the upper hand.
It was an excellent way for Rangers to end a win drought, with the home side having to dig deep to gain the upper hand.
JUVENTUS can gain the upper hand in their last-16 clash with Real Madrid by avoiding defeat at the Bernabeu.
SOUTHAMPTON manager Gordon Strachan has urged his players to reproduce their early-season form as they try to gain the upper hand against FA Cup final opponents Arsenal.
Newbridge had the better of the first half but a halftime downpour enabled the stronger home forwards to gain the upper hand which let Colin Malone in to reply to Newbridge's first-half try.