hold the whip hand

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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

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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Bath suddenly held the whip hand and right wing Jack Wilson stepped Robson to touch down out on the right.
Cavan may boast a much more illustrious history than tonight's opponents, but Monaghan have certainly held the whip hand in more recent times.
Sunderland have held the whip hand over their neighbours in recent seasons, and this victory extended their derby winning streak to four games.
Not since his four-race winning streak came to an end at the Spanish Grand Prix in May has he held the whip hand when the clock ran out on Saturday.
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.
Toms Little Jo (8-1), taking command at the second corner, always held the whip hand in the third semi-final and posted a fastest-of-the-round 29.
Which is PRECISELY the kind of political muscle they detested when the Premier League clubs held the whip hand.
In what was their first Championship meeting with the game's aristocrats, Donegal held the whip hand for much of the game but had to withstand a late Kerry rally to hold out for a two-point win in the end.