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 have power and control over someone or a situation By half time, the Italian soccer team seemed to have the upper hand.
Usage notes: also used with get and gain: There is always worry over who will get the upper hand in the oil markets. Fire fighters from more than six states finally gained the upper hand on the forest fire.
See also: hand, have, upper

have the upper hand

if someone has the upper hand, they have a position of power and control over someone else, and if an emotion has the upper hand, it controls what you do At half time, the Italian team seem to have the upper hand.
See also: hand, have, upper