have the whip hand

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have/hold the whip hand

to be the person or group that has the most power in a situation So long as we rely on them for money, they have the whip hand.
See knock into shape, crack the whip
See also: hand, have, whip
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And the dearth of quality accommodation means the landlords currently hold the whip hand over occupiers, according to Matt.
The council has to meet certain numbers of new homes being built to fit in with wider policy, so developers know they hold the whip hand when it comes to offering less.
It is the sponsors who hold the whip hand, so it is here where supporters can bring the most pressure to bear to force change.
The Labour leader insisted there would be no coalition with the SNP and denied that Ms Sturgeon's party would hold the whip hand on policy, telling the BBC: "David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the United Kingdom.
The Labour leader insisted there would be no coalition with the SNP and denied that Ms Sturgeon's party would hold the whip hand on policy, telling BBC1's Breakfast: "A Labour government led by me, what happens in that Labour government will be decided by me, not by the SNP.
Rovers continued to hold the whip hand and Gary McCabe flashed a drive wide while Drennan plated another good header a yard the wrong side of the Cork post.
Neither Manchester City nor Liverpool are able to make the same commitment but with Ajax prepared to blood him in the Eredivisie, they hold the whip hand.
With other potential allies of the BJP also projected to fare well in the elections, the party would hold the whip hand in parliament, the poll suggested.
Whoever navigates it best this week, keeps their players tuned up and mentally sharp, will hold the whip hand.
The home bowlers in turn found some assistance from the track and at 67-5 Maghull appeared to hold the whip hand.
Most citizens of Europe have a clear idea of who runs their own governments, but only a handful could tell you unprompted which parties hold the whip hand in the European Parliament.
ORMER England star John Barnes insists it is Arsenal and Tottenham who hold the whip hand when it comes to Wales aces Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale joining Team GB in the London Olympics.
United hold the whip hand following Wayne Rooney's goal in their 1-0 quarterfinal first-leg win at Stamford Bridge and in most circumstances in the Champions League and for United, that would be that.
Blytholme hold the whip hand in both Billiards and Snooker.
But Trevethin still hold the whip hand in second spot having two games in hand on them with two games in hand.