be in the catbird seat
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.
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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.
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