in the saddle


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in the saddle

in control It looks like those who oppose environmental controls are going to be in the saddle.
Related vocabulary: in the driver's seat
Etymology: based on the idea that someone who is in the saddle (seat fastened on the back of a horse) controls the horse's movements
See also: saddle

in the saddle

1. Prevailing or in control; dominant: "The crisis [in Russia] came to a head when the American-backed reformers were in the saddle" (Michael R. Gordon).
2. Engaged in an activity, especially a job: back in the saddle after a leave of absence from work.
See also: saddle
References in classic literature ?
We learned both languages passably well, and we learned them wholly in the saddle or in camp.
My next good office was to catch his pony and bring it to him, which was soon accomplished; for the beast was quiet enough in the main, and only winced and flirted a trifle till I got hold of the bridle - but then, I must see him in the saddle.
Stan James's head of PR, Liverpool-born Charlie McCann, said: "Whether Fallon has truly exorcised his demons only time will tell, but nobody would deny his ability in the saddle.
Stan James head of PR, Liverpool-born Charlie McCann, said: "Whether Fallon has truly exorcised his demons only time will tell, but nobody would deny his ability in the saddle.
Over the years, he transitioned from working in the saddle full-time to making them almost full-time.
In the saddle is a welcome publication for archaeologists, conservators, equestrians and reenactors alike.