the whip hand

the whip hand

A position of advantage, power, and/or control (over someone, something, or some situation). The company effectively has a monopoly as an internet service provider in the country, giving them a whip hand when it comes to setting prices for consumers.
See also: hand, whip

the whip hand

a position of power or control over someone.
2004 Business Week Magazine By all appearances, Nielsen now has the whip hand in its struggle with News Corp.
See also: hand, whip
References in classic literature ?
Sheldon still held the whip hand, and he intended to keep it.
Cavendish, however, was a lady who liked to make her own plans, and expected other people to fall in with them, and in this case she certainly had the whip hand, namely: the purse strings.
This volume consists of 21 essays by film historians who analyze about 40 anti-communist films of the 1950s and 1960s: Target Earth, Not of This Earth, Bells of Coronado, Spoilers of the Plains, The Flying Saucer, The Whip Hand, Artists and Models, The Girl in the Kremlin, Walk a Crooked Mile, I Was a Communist for the F.
Now the Ineos bosses think they have the whip hand to impose a wage settlement that leaves many workers facing a real drop in living standards.
Fascinating Rock may just have the Whip hand on Ranger at the Curragh
But seeing as record levels of under-25s still live with their parents and most of them don't pay a penny's keep, or raise a finger to do housework, surely we as adults hold the whip hand here.
OPINION He painted a paranoid vision of a country where the "black man will have the whip hand over the white man" and elderly white women are taunted by black children in the streets.
The Government is determined to give managers the whip hand in disputes.
The second period was very much a repeat of the first with Merthyr holding the whip hand, but Clevedon pulled a goal back on 61 minutes when a counterattack was finished off by Omari Sims.
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.
that money has not yet been paid over from the ACE to the city so the ACE has actually got the whip hand over the City for that money.
As to the financing of the stadium, with Nama holding the whip hand my instincts are that the die is cast in favour of an instant-profit housing development.
Former champions Hemlington and Stockton Buffs have both struggled this season but this time it was Hemlington who had the whip hand as they rekindled their rivalry, winning 25-15 to boost their bragging rights.
My reading of what has so far been published, though I could of course be MISTAKEN, is that the developers are to be given the whip hand over the planners.
Redheads also lined up at the How to be a Redhead beauty table to purchase the just-released redhead bobby pins and the Whip Hand Cosmetics lip palettes, EmpoweRED and GlamouRED, from the How to be a Redhead Collection.