Meaning of the whip hand in English:

the whip hand

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  • A position of power or control over someone.

    ‘he had the whip hand over other members of the cabinet’
    • ‘He still has the whip hand, and concerns about his powers are spreading far beyond the elite of the Labour Party.’
    • ‘Other quoted car-dealer groups have also seen their values soar, buoyed by changes to regulations that once gave car makers the whip hand in their relationship with dealers, and by the strong British car market.’
    • ‘If they stick to their guns, to my mind great home cooks have the whip hand, delivering the most memorable, satisfying and delicious food you are ever likely to eat.’
    • ‘As you can imagine the bowlers held the whip hand.’
    • ‘Needless to say, in any power struggle the solutions proposed by the warring parties could not be more different, with both sides wanting the whip hand.’
    • ‘Now players have the whip hand, just like Hollywood stars of the post-studio era, and they often behave badly.’
    • ‘Certainly, the two former groups appear to hold the whip hand as never before.’
    • ‘Even though Pakistan held the whip hand for much of the Lahore Test, India kept staging mini-comebacks throughout the match, and kept the interest alive.’
    • ‘A friend in broadcasting had told me recently that the program writers are very careful to only write banter that is offensive to the male hosts, giving the female host the whip hand.’
    • ‘The Council of Ministers holds the whip hand over the Commission.’
    • ‘Everyone is well aware who holds the whip hand both financially and militarily.’
    the upper hand, a commanding position, an edge, the edge, an advantage, a lead, a head start, ascendancy, superiority, supremacy, sway, control, predominance, power, mastery, dominance, command
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