Have the Upper Hand
When you have the upper hand, you are ❛in a dominant position of power and have control over someone or something else❜. For example:
With no worthy rival, Luigi had the upper hand coming into last month’s English Grammar Club’s presidential election.
Some headlines which demonstrate the use of the English idiom to have the upper hand quite well are the following:
While Banks Have the Upper Hand, the Global Economic Crisis Will Continue
- alternet.org, 21 February 2012, William K. Tabb
Doctors have the upper hand in pension dispute
- guardian.co.uk, 24 May 2012, Edward Davie
Arsenal: Will Arsenal Have Upper Hand on Tottenham in 2013?
- bleacherreport.com, 7 January 2013, Hans Wetzel
Here is a question to test your knowledge of English idioms: If a person has the upper hand, i.e. is in the power position, which of the following things can he or she do?
a) call the shots
b) count the shots
c) carry the shots
d) create the shots
Check your answer here.