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hold the whip hand

To have the most power or influence in a particular situation or setting. As the editor in chief, I hold the whip hand and give final approval for the layout of every issue—remember that.
See also: hand, hold, whip
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get, have, hold, etc. the ˈwhip hand (over somebody)

have power or control (over somebody): The government knows that the army have the whip hand.Our opponents had the whip hand over us right from the beginning.
See also: hand, whip
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The Crues have held the whip hand in this fixture over the last few seasons and at no stage yesterday did they let doubt creep into their minds.
The Bucks held the whip hand over a team that last season finished just outside of the play-offs in the league above, but were left to rue missed chances.
Salvini insisted neither party held the whip hand in the government and reiterated he would respect the policy "contract" which was the basis of the coalition formed 12-months ago.
Chris Maguire's stunning volley in the first leg at the Stadium of Light meant they held the whip hand, and that goal proved enough to win the tie.
Limerick generally held the whip hand as Dublin only led once, briefly, when Danny Sutcliffe slotted his third point of the half in the 32nd minute, though Gearoid Hegarty soon equalised and Aaron Gillane, above, put the All-Ireland champions 0-10 to 0-9 in front at half-time.
Bath suddenly held the whip hand and right wing Jack Wilson stepped Robson to touch down out on the right.
They held the whip hand over Newcastle for most of the match and created at least half-a-dozen glorious chances to put United to the sword, but Defoe, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Seb Larsson were unable to make them count.
The clerks held the whip hand and there could be no argument.
As a result we held the whip hand and over a course of a couple of meetings and several telephone calls we began to formulate plans to form a new club, Dundee United City, that would play at Tannadice and wear tangerine shirts.
Manley had held the whip hand on the opening three days and went into the final round joint leaders with Frenchman Francois Calmels.
The second set was a closer affair, the players trading breaks midway through it, but Murray always held the whip hand and closed the match out on his own serve at the fourth time of asking.
England held the whip hand when the South Africans were reduced to99 for four in the afternoon session.
Brighton, however, held the whip hand in the dying minutes when they went close to adding to their lead.
Even before seeing off the South Africans' top order in the second innings, they held the whip hand in the match because of their first-innings bowling display, skittling out their opponents for just 84 - their lowest score since their re-admission to the international arena in 1991.
United undeniably held the whip hand with possession and attacking momentum but it was Blackburn who fashioned the better openings - and van der Sar saved his men from slipping at least 3-0 down by the break.