be (sitting) in the catbird seat

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be (sitting) in the catbird seat

To be 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. The retirement of the company's president left its vice president suddenly in the catbird seat.
See also: catbird, seat
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be sitting in the catbird seat

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be in the catbird seat

AMERICAN, OLD-FASHIONED
If you are sitting in the catbird seat or are in the catbird seat, you are in an important or powerful position. He'd go broke tomorrow if I left him, and I'd be sitting in the catbird seat. If the campaign is quick, short and successful, both leaders will be in the catbird seat. Note: This expression became widely known in the 1940s and 1950s, when it was used by the baseball commentator Red Barber. Catbirds are North American songbirds. The expression may be explained by the fact that catbirds often sit very high up in trees.
See also: catbird, seat, sitting
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be in the ˈcatbird seat

(American English) have an advantage over other people or be in control of a situation: After his recent success, the president is sitting in the catbird seat.With prices falling dramatically, buyers seem to be in the catbird seat.
See also: catbird, seat
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"They are overcapitalized and under-leveraged"--in short, they are in the catbird seat.
* "Those who are liquid--that is, free of debt--and under-leveraged are in the catbird seat.