have the upper hand


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Related to have the upper hand: get out of hand, get a head start

have 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 has the upper hand now. The home team had the upper hand when their opponents' star quarterback went out with an injury.
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have (or gain) the upper hand

have (or gain) advantage or control over someone or something.
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