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a dominating position, as in a conflict

Synonyms for upper hand

position of advantage and control

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All the preceding classes that got the upper hand, sought to fortify their already acquired status by subjecting society at large to their conditions of appropriation.
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.
In all their former intercourse it had been she who by virtue of her sex and his blind love for her had kept the upper hand.
I've got the upper hand over you, Fagin; and, d--me, I'll keep it.
What is more, even in the acutest paroxysm of this cowardly fever, I dreamed of getting the upper hand, of dominating them, carrying them away, making them like me--if only for my "elevation of thought and unmistakable wit.
Nevertheless, tranquillity was gradually restored, the scholar held his peace, the mendicant counted over some coins in his hat, and the piece resumed the upper hand.
Sources say Victoria has the upper hand because she's the one who resisted a reunion for so long.
The thing he's brought to the Premier League is a positivity that his team will gain the upper hand or attempt to take the upper hand.
It feels like we are spiralling out of control and no one is willing to put the brakes on Actor James Norton, on Brexit The European Union is having the upper hand which I regret.
15 (ANI): While many predicting that Ferrari would have the upper hand in the Singapore Grand Prix, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has insisted that he is expecting a close battle with Mercedes in the coming weekend.
Iran [now has the] upper hand in the region," he said, according to the state news agency.
More anti-TOW T90 Tanks, which have given the Syrian army the upper hand in battles against the militant groups across Aleppo province, have been sent to the Northwestern battlefields of the province to join a large-scale operation against the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front," the sources said.
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.
With the rebels gaining the upper hand, the new government is still unable to bring peace to Libya.
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