the catbird seat

the catbird seat

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. I know you were hoping to be elected president over Joe, but, as vice president, you're in the catbird seat if he resigns.
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catbird seat

A situation of advantage or superiority, as in His promotion put Charles in the catbird seat. This term is thought to allude to that noisy bird's habitual high perch. It was popularized in the 1940s by sportscaster Red Barber.
See also: catbird, seat

catbird seat

An enviable position, “sitting pretty.” Catbirds seek the highest limbs of trees on which to perch. The view from on high and the relative safety from predators puts them in an advantageous spot. The term is best known as the title of a James Thurber short story and from radio sportscaster Walter Lanier “Red” Barber's using it while broadcasting baseball games.
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After staging at the prestigious Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Anderson relocated to Nashville to helm the kitchen at The Catbird Seat, now considered one of the country's most ground-breaking restaurants, where he delivered an ever-evolving, 14-course tasting menu in an interactive format and received another James Beard Foundation Award nomination for 'Best New Restaurant.' In 2018, Anderson was brought out to the California Coast where he took over as Executive Chef at San Francisco's COI, earning two Michelin stars.
Defending champions City currently occupy the catbird seat on 92 points, one more than Liverpool, and with a greater goal difference.
Part of the new dynamic is that manager Joe Maddon is either on the hot seat as a lame-duck manager, or he's in the catbird seat as a potential free-agent manager.
This time, China is no longer in the catbird seat, waiting to pick through the spoils of desperate foreign companies.
But regardless of which group is in the catbird seat, industry professionals agree that the numbers show a real estate market in transition.<br />The number of pending Long Island home sales dropped in June, which marked year-over-year sales declines for three of the last four months.<br />There were 3,035 homes contracted for sale in Nassau and Suffolk counties last month, down 5.2 percent from the 3,199 pending home sales recorded in June 2017, according to the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island.
Even as Manafort joined the campaign on March 29, he wanted some prominent Russians to know he was in the catbird seat. On April 11, he sent an email to his Ukrainian partner Konstantin Kilimnik to alert him to what Manafort called the "OVD operation," according to emails reported first by The Washington Post and later The Atlantic.
Trying to find a juicy Modi-Modi link is not a priority until all the facts are in because the scam started rolling in 2013 when the UPA government was in the catbird seat. It is too early to tell whether in the three years of his command Narendra Modi's finance ministry failed to exercise due diligence and we will have to see how the inside story of this massive fraud unfolds.
It's run by young Nashville entrepreneurs Max and Ben Goldberg, the Catbird Seat restaurant is upstairs - very much a destination in itself - and, yes, that might be Jack White or Reese Witherspoon at another table (thepattersonnashville.com).
Some of the parvenu in this greatly expanded economic elite must surely see their interests in the status quo, that is the one-party government that occupies the catbird seat these days.
He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa once again was in the catbird seat to get benefited from the Information Services Academy and hoped that other provinces will also follow.
As you know, retailers are in the catbird seat with suppliers these days and it is doubtful that even a $28 billion a year supplier has enough power to change that fact.
"China is sitting in the catbird seat and can name its conditions."
But no matter your choice of paddle or pedal-craft, you'll find yourself in the catbird seat when it comes to sneaking up on your inshore quarry.
At The Catbird Seat in Nashville, Beverage Director Jane Lopez is fluent in Aperol and offers the following three cocktails to highlight its versatility.
* No, Carol Shea It Ain't So is not in the catbird seat in the 1st C.D.
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