upper hand


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  • noun

Synonyms for upper hand

a dominating position, as in a conflict

Synonyms for upper hand

position of advantage and control

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At the hearin' of this, ye may swear, though, I was as mad as a grasshopper, but I remimbered that I was Sir Pathrick O'Grandison, Barronitt, and that it wasn't althegither gentaal to lit the anger git the upper hand o' the purliteness, so I made light o' the matter and kipt dark, and got quite sociable wid the little chap, and afther a while what did he do but ask me to go wid him to the widdy's, saying he wud give me the feshionable inthroduction to her leddyship.
The little man had been sitting there fishing, and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line; a moment later a big fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out; the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him.
But, difficult as the matter looked, Theseus was now growing up to be such a vigorous youth, that, in his own opinion, the time would quickly come when he might hope to get the upper hand of this ponderous lump of stone.
When it got so high, it got the upper hand of me, but this is how I always know there's a eight in it.
There it was Razumov who had the upper hand, in a composed sense of his own superiority.
Andy's son Marc started on pole for the RX150 final but, after a race-long battle, it was Chrissy Palmer who got the upper hand to take the win.
But in 2014, specially after victory of President Bashar al-Assad in the country's presidential election in summer, the army has gained upper hand in its anti-terrorism campaign, and has been partly successful in sealing borders with Turkey and Jordan.
The second half was a very different affair, both sides continuing to play attractive rugby, but Ruthin gained the upper hand when Morgan made another incisive run into the visitors' 22 and put flanker Clwyd Jones over for a try which Bennett converted.
Washington, June 3 ( ANI ): US Senator John McCain has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad now has an upper hand in civil war in Syria.
The home side appeared to have the upper hand from the kick off and stand-off Lewis Robling opened the scoring with a fifth minute penalty.
Bond buying took the upper hand in the morning after optimism for an early resolution to the eurozone debt crisis faded, but was offset later by selling related to profit-taking, brokers said.
Rick Perry to rebound and why the governor may have the upper hand this time around.
Gareth MacHale holds the upper hand with his four point advantage over second placed Alastair Fisher.
Both exchanged significant blows towards the end of the first round and the Welshman appeared to be gaining the upper hand.
He said in pre-1975-90 civil war years, when the Maronites had the upper hand in government, Christian and rich Palestinians were given Lebanese citizenship.
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