Another reason to keep an upper hand: Russia also funnels oil to Europe via a pipeline that runs directly through Ukraine.
Talking without holding the upper hand militarily is a recipe for disaster.
Republicans held both chambers in 1995, but Democrats have the upper hand—however small the margin—in the Senate now.
The president, who has the upper hand, especially in the opinion polls, has not served up a specific menu of spending cuts.
In the remainder of Iraq, Sunnis and Shiites will continue to compete for the upper hand.
When the Puritans had gained the upper hand they proceeded to the suppression not only of abuses, but of the festival itself.
No doubt if Feversham gains the upper hand there will be bloody work.
He on his part will try and avoid you and get the upper hand himself.
Never let yer wark get the upper hand o' yer wages—them's my maxims.
And reason gained the upper hand, though Dozier continued to look at Andrew in a fascinated manner.