get the upper hand

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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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Andy's son Marc started on pole for the RX150 final but, after a race-long battle, it was Chrissy Palmer who got the upper hand to take the win.