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.
See also: gain, hand, upper

get, have, gain, etc. the ˌupper ˈhand (over somebody)

get, etc. power or control over somebody, especially in a fight, competition, etc: Our team gained the upper hand in the second half of the match.The police claim they have the upper hand in their fight against the drug dealers.
See also: hand, upper
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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.
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What was impressive about his performance that day was that he lost the lead at halfway but rallied to gain the upper hand inside the final furlong and was going away at the finish, so the extra furlong could be the making of him.
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.
Instead of City growing in confidence, however, it was the unsung Polish side who started to gain the upper hand.
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.
They made precision water drops that allowed us to quickly gain the upper hand,'' he said.
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JUVENTUS can gain the upper hand in their last-16 clash with Real Madrid by avoiding defeat at the Bernabeu.
Some women are using the bedroom to gain the upper hand in relationships but are not necessarily satisfied when they get there, says a study published today.
A win for Celtic will see them gain the upper hand as they would draw level with a game in hand.
But Ruth says it will be virtually impossible for the Justice Department to gain the upper hand in the inquiry.
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