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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.
The 22-year-old dazzled all night against Rovers, giving tonight's visitors to Prenton Park the whip hand in the tie.
EXHALL TIGERS under-10s tamed Nuneaton Bears in the Nuneaton & Bedworth Mini Football League with Scott MacDonald holding the whip hand with a five-goal performance.
They have met in a numerous pivotal League and Championship games since 2011 and Galway currently hold the whip hand after a runaway victory in last year's Leinster quarter-final replay in Tullamore, although Dublin scored a comprehensive win in last month's Walsh Cup clash.
WHIP HAND 3 Washington takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride of human failings and redemption
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 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.
Brighton, however, held the whip hand in the dying minutes when they went close to adding to their lead.
The bulk of their finances coming from central government, in our case the National Assembly, but the buck doesn't stop there as Westminster has the whip hand where finance is concerned and decides what is available for local government in England and Wales.
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.
Towards the end of the half, the home side took the whip hand and Jalal had to be alert again to stop first Sugden and then Killeen.