hold all the cards

hold all the cards

also have all the cards
to have what is needed to control a situation He holds all the cards in our office - he even decides where the water coolers are located and what kinds of pencils we have.
Etymology: based on the idea of holding (controlling) the most valuable cards in a card game
See also: all, card, hold
References in classic literature ?
You see that we hold all the cards, and we have only to fear some sudden act of violence on their part.
MATT PRIOR last night insisted England hold all the cards as second Test crunch time beckons.
There is so little product that sellers typically hold all the cards and leave buyers with razor thin margins.
30am Most TV pundits seem to be coming round to the idea that Arsenal hold all the cards as regards this year's Premiership.
Congress now officially belongs to the Republicans, who seem at a glance to hold all the cards.
but) the flubs humanize a technically overpowering production, reminding us that four cheeky daredevils hold all the cards.