American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A position of control or advantage.
- n. position of advantage and control
“From now until 1866 his whole policy was ceaselessly devoted to bringing about such a disposition of the forces of Europe that Austria might be left without allies and Prussia be able to regain the upper hand in German affairs.”
“These lines, written by a young officer of twenty-one, show how far Cavour had already outstripped the Piedmontese provincialism which had the upper hand in the early years of Charles Albert's reign.”
“Though Preston resented the respect and even awe with which Zac was regarded, it quickly became obvious that it was he, Preston, and not Robillard, who had the upper hand when it came to corporate political savvy.”
“But there was one day when the boys would get the upper hand of the dominie, and that was "turning-out" day of blessed memory.”
“The first moment that Daubeny got the upper hand I should have fallen lower than I have fallen now.”
“One of these times — just once! — he was going to get the upper hand in an encounter with Jessica Moore.”
“And yet your New England here too has the upper hand of our Old England, of our Old Europe: we too are sold to Mammon, soul, body, and spirit; but”
“Granted, early in the conversation Tench had grabbed the upper hand by hammering the senator's prolife platform as biased against women, but then, just as it seemed Tench was tightening her grip, she'd made a careless mistake.”
“When the Shaman had regained the upper hand and returned to his negotiations, he had not lost a bit of his outwardly pleasant and half-amused demeanor.”
“That made sense; playing dirty was the only way a man like Sam Preston could ever get the upper hand on someone like Zac Robillard.”
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