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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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Prices of 10-year Japanese government bond futures advanced Tuesday morning with short-covering gaining the upper hand as the benchmark Nikkei Stock Average remained above the 11,000 line.
The Quakers, who had already beaten their West Midlands rivals twice this season, never looked like gaining the upper hand this time.
We must do our utmost to prevent hatred from gaining the upper hand.
Yorkshire's England hopefuls Gavin Hamilton and Craig White were in fine form at Trent Bridge - but couldn't prevent Nottinghamshire gaining the upper hand.
Cutlip foresees problems with the consolidation of public relations and advertising agencies, with the latter gaining the upper hand.
In fact, since 2000 the number of women traders continues to rise, and they seem to be gaining the upper hand when it comes to making money.