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Whip hand   /wɪp hænd/   Listen
Whip hand

Position of advantage and control.  Synonym: upper hand.

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"Whip hand" Quotes from Famous Books

... not. I greatly fear I was born with a touch of sporting blood, Mr. Cardigan, so I'm going to let you two fight until you're exhausted, and then I'm going to step in and decide the issue. You can save money by surrendering now. I hold the whip hand." ...
— The Valley of the Giants • Peter B. Kyne

... when you argue with her she's just as sharp as you are, an' the' 's a heap o' things all children has to do 'at I reckon the' ain't no real sense in, so when you try to dig up a reason for 'em you give 'em the whip hand. Just like religion: lots of it is better just stated an' not mussed up tryin' to be explained. When a parson tries to tell me why God created this universe, it don't sound reasonable; but when I go out an' look at the stars an' the mountains an' the ...
— Happy Hawkins • Robert Alexander Wason

... these wenches, by their continual plotting and cabals, united themselves into a formidable body, and got the whip hand of their betters; they make their own terms with us; and two servants now, will scarce undertake the work which one might perform with ease; notwithstanding which, they have raised their wages to a most exorbitant pitch; and, I doubt not, if there be not a stop ...
— Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business • Daniel Defoe

Words linked to "Whip hand" :   upper hand, favorable position, favourable position, superiority

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