hold the whip hand

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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Drama, movie and TV program directors hold the whip hand over actors' careers.
QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY continue to hold the whip hand in their running battle with Banbridge Town.
If they defeat Borussia, they could afford to lose in Germany 13 days later and still hold the whip hand because the Germans would need to get something out of their last two games against City and Barcelona to match or overhaul the four-point tally of Rodgers's team.
They are not bound with either Sissoko or Wijnaldum by a release clause written into their contracts stipulating a fee as they were with Andros Townsend and so United hold the whip hand.
And the dearth of quality accommodation means the landlords currently hold the whip hand over occupiers, according to Matt.
The council has to meet certain numbers of new homes being built to fit in with wider policy, so developers know they hold the whip hand when it comes to offering less.
The Labour leader insisted there would be no coalition with the SNP and denied that Ms Sturgeon's party would hold the whip hand on policy, telling the BBC: "David Cameron is playing fast and loose with the United Kingdom.
The Labour leader insisted there would be no coalition with the SNP and denied that Ms Sturgeon's party would hold the whip hand on policy, telling BBC1's Breakfast: "A Labour government led by me, what happens in that Labour government will be decided by me, not by the SNP.
The outcome was seen as a setback for Francis at the hands of a body in which conservatives continue to hold the whip hand ahead of the second synod this October.
Neither Manchester City nor Liverpool are able to make the same commitment but with Ajax prepared to blood him in the Eredivisie, they hold the whip hand.
With the exemptions running out in 2015 and facing massive time constraints, however, the Commission seems to hold the whip hand.
With other potential allies of the BJP also projected to fare well in the elections, the party would hold the whip hand in parliament, the poll suggested.
Whoever navigates it best this week, keeps their players tuned up and mentally sharp, will hold the whip hand.
The home bowlers in turn found some assistance from the track and at 67-5 Maghull appeared to hold the whip hand.
Most citizens of Europe have a clear idea of who runs their own governments, but only a handful could tell you unprompted which parties hold the whip hand in the European Parliament.