get the upper hand on (someone or something)

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get the upper hand on (someone or something)

To come to be in a position of advantage, power, or control over someone, something, or some situation. We've been doing everything we can for your father, but I'm afraid the cancer is getting the upper hand on him. The home team got the upper hand on their opponents when their star quarterback went out with an injury.
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