catbird seat

noun Informal.
an advantageous situation or condition: His appointment as acting dean put him in the catbird seat.

Origin:
1940–45, Americanism

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catbird seat

A situation of advantage or superiority, as in His promotion put Charles in the catbird seat. This term is thought to allude to that noisy bird's habitual high perch. It was popularized in the 1940s by sportscaster Red Barber.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
He who wins the catbird seat has earned sole occupancy.
We were still in the catbird seat in terms of advertising, circulation, and everything.
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