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the whip hand

A position of advantage, power, and/or control (over someone, something, or some situation). The company effectively has a monopoly as an internet service provider in the country, giving them a whip hand when it comes to setting prices for consumers.
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the whip hand

a position of power or control over someone.
2004 Business Week Magazine By all appearances, Nielsen now has the whip hand in its struggle with News Corp.
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Let us not forget that Hastilow claimed Enoch Powell's view on immigration was right - Powell who quoted a constituent who feared "In this country in 15 or 20 years time the black man will have the whip hand over the white man"; Powell who used the provocative and emotive imagery of "rivers of blood".
But with this domineering pose, sultry Victoria is bound to have the whip hand.
Sellers are regaining the whip hand again in a housing market set for unusually high levels of trading right up to Christmas, say several new analyses of the market.
Stipendiary steward Simon Cowley said: "Callan made no obvious effort to correct his whip hand and allowed his horse to drift, and in so doing put Carson and Savage in danger of being brought down, which can only be interpreted as dangerous riding."
Now the Ineos bosses think they have the whip hand to impose a wage settlement that leaves many workers facing a real drop in living standards.
As to the financing of the stadium, with Nama holding the whip hand my instincts are that the die is cast in favour of an instant-profit housing development.
Tranmere Reserves 3 Macclesfield Reserves 0 TRANMERE Reserves held the whip hand throughout a comfortable win over Macclesfield.
WHIP HAND Christophe Soumillon riding Cirrus Des Aigles at Ascot
The revelations have provoked a new "cash-for-access" row, with Tory MP Bill Cash accusing the Prime Minister of giving developers "the whip hand".
Holding the whip hand: Gerald Mosse clinches the Shergar Cup at Ascot in style for Team Europe on Perfect Star
Mills had held the whip hand after the first round carding a two-over-par 72, while Smith was three shots back in joint third spot.
Brighton, however, held the whip hand in the dying minutes when they went close to adding to their lead.
Second-placed Clydach Wasps hold the whip hand in this division with 30 points from their 10 games while Fairfield top the table on 31 points having played two games more.