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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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Fortunes ebbed and flowed throughout before Street gained the upper hand.
Both Saracens and their visitors showed width and ambition in their opening attacks but Clermont's pack gained the upper hand in the scrum and that enabled them to quickly get the scoreboard ticking over.
The single European currency buyback gained the upper hand against other major currencies as risk-averse sentiment receded among investors due to smooth bond auctions in Spain and France on Thursday.
CRICKET: South Africa gained the upper hand in the Second Test against Pakistan in Lahore after a strong showing yesterday.
He gained the upper hand in the second set with a break in the fourth.
But Yamaha Italia rider Haga gained the upper hand in yesterday's first qualifying session by setting the fastest time with a lap of one minute 40.
Oram hit an unbeaten 63 off 108 balls to help the Black Caps reach 250 for seven at stumps in Brisbane, guiding his side back after Australia had gained the upper hand earlier in the day.
Aided by cool, moist weather, firefighters gained the upper hand Thursday on the week-old Simi Valley Fire, which threatened communities miles apart but backed up to the same vast wilderness.
PHIL DOLMAN fired the only goal in the Wirral FA Junior Cup as Acorn again gained the upper hand over South Wirral League rivals Bebington Athletic to progress into the last eight.
But Lancaster gained the upper hand in the second half as Runcorn's control of the ball faulted and the visitors added their second goal with time almost up when Dean Martin rounded Mark Winstanley.
Such talk led some liberals to believe they had gained the upper hand in the struggle with the DLC.
Although human efforts produced some amazing results and, especially in the early nineteenth century, seemed to have gained the upper hand, ultimately nature won out, most obviously in the form of flooding caused by hurricanes and simple depletion of the already poor soil.
At the July conference, biologist Keith Clay of Indiana University in Bloomington presented evidence that fungal parasites have gained the upper hand over certain wild grasses native to Indiana and sedges growing in the marshes of Louisiana.
We have collectively gained the upper hand on the design issues sufficient to begin production of the MIL-ADF submarine antenna.
The Tuesday killings that occurred in the village of Hatlah in Deir Ezzor Province came as Syrian troops gained the upper hand against the militant groups across the country.