in the catbird seat

in the catbird seat

In a powerful position. The phrase likely refers to the catbird's preference for high tree branches (which keep predators at bay). As the CEO's assistant, you are definitely sitting in the catbird seat. I know you were hoping to be elected president over Joe, but, as vice president, you're in the catbird seat if he resigns.
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in the catbird seat

Sl. in a dominant or controlling position. Sally's in the catbird seat—telling everybody where to go. I hold all the aces. I'm in the catbird seat.
See also: catbird, seat

in the catbird seat

in a superior or more advantageous position. North American informal
This expression is said to have originally referred to a baseball player in the fortunate position of having no strikes and therefore three balls still to play (a reference made in James Thurber 's short story The Catbird Seat).
See also: catbird, seat

in the catbird seat

mod. in a dominant or controlling position. I hold all the aces. I’m in the catbird seat.
See also: catbird, seat
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No, Carol Shea It Ain't So is not in the catbird seat in the 1st C.
In the Catbird Seat (Baltimore, 1988), chapters 2, 3, 5.
He's certainly in the catbird seat," says one official of the AFL-CIO, of which IAFF is a member.
This is the first time we've seen him in the catbird seat.
They are overcapitalized and under-leveraged"--in short, they are in the catbird seat.
Therapists used to be in the catbird seat, and now they're being eaten," adds Monroe.
With dizzying swiftness, the religious right went from being in the catbird seat to being in the hot seat.
He recognized the fact that although the Downtown Manhattan market was in the doldrums, it was poised to come back, and that the players who were previously committed would be the ones in the catbird seat as the market picked up.
Whether his observations solve a puzzle or simply change it, "He's in the catbird seat, and he has the pleasure of having theorists fight it out.
When the market really opens up, these guys will be in the catbird seat.
Let's just say this company is in the catbird seat.
At a time when the self-styled tea partiers of New Hampshire are doing jumping jacks and victory dances, you'd think a like-minded organization--the uber-libertarian Free State Project--would be sitting in the catbird seat.
Nicole Kidman appears to be sitting in the catbird seat.
Those who are liquid--that is, free of debt--and under-leveraged are in the catbird seat.
With Republicans controlling the Senate, and Orrin Hatch in the catbird seat, Clinton will have a tough time winning confirmation for prominent liberals--or many judges at all.