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get 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 getting the upper hand. The home team got the upper hand when their opponents' star quarterback went out with an injury.
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She's going to our house--ah, the women are getting the upper hand now, and serve the men right, I say
In the RX150 class, it was double-champion Marc Scott who grabbed the win, this time getting the upper hand over Palmer.
During last week's Smackdown, Paige and Alicia Fox joined forces to ambush reigning champion AJ Lee, with Lee getting the upper hand with her famous kicks leaving both her nemesis in pain.
Reports said on Wednesday that the Kurdish fighters in Syria's border town of Kobani are getting the upper hand as urban warfare rages on between them and the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
5 TOM ADEYEMI Bursting run in the first minute sadly did not set the tone as he had his hands full stopping Boro's more balanced midfield getting the upper hand.
But as I started playing against the other contestants, I felt like I was getting the upper hand and I felt myself moving forward - until it was just my sister Mariam and I in the final.
Turkey and Qatar are backing Hamas in the hopes of getting the upper hand in their regional rivalry with Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Both communities accuse the other of atrocities but it is clear with the evacuation of Muslims from Bangui that the "Anti-Balaka" militias are getting the upper hand.
The game then developed into a midfield struggle with neither side getting the upper hand but Edinburgh found themselves consistently frustrated with any momentum they tried to build hindered by giving away frequent penalties.
However, the RFS said firefighters are getting the upper hand on the fire but the immediate threat has now passed.
91 points by 0848 GMT, with weakness in retailers and miners getting the upper hand after a jittery start to the session.
Everton's on-loan midfielder will be a Merseyside derby new-boy next Saturday, but he has plenty of experience when it comes to getting the upper hand in such highly-charged fixtures.
Al Wakrah looked headed to collar their first win as they dominated the black shirts almost throughout the game, pulling away by as much as 20 points on several occasion in the first half and getting the upper hand until the dying seconds of the match.
At the end of the final period the game changed hands again, East Durham finaly getting the upper hand and winning the game.
The two had gotten in fistfights before, the prosecutor said, and Curry told investigators that he grabbed the firewood because Platt was getting the upper hand in the May 1 altercation.
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