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whip hand

the hand that holds the whip, in driving.
an advantageous or controlling position:
She had the whip hand throughout the debate.
Origin of whip hand
1670-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There is one point, I admit, in which their cavalry have the whip-hand of us; it is safer for them than it is for us to run away.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • The exclusive possession of a marine boiler had given Falk the whip-hand of us all.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • I dunno how you're goin' to git along with men-folks, if ye offer 'em the whip-hand.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • And Bilton was not accustomed to let anybody have the whip-hand of him.

    The Relentless City Edward Frederic Benson
  • Roy looked after him, feeling pained and puzzled; the more so, because Lance clearly had the whip-hand.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • He felt that he had gained the whip-hand of the old man, and he meant to keep it.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • I could see that Fulkerson meant to keep the whip-hand himself, and that was reassuring.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • He knew that the situation was ridiculous, but he saw no way of getting the whip-hand.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • For the first moment, Charter felt the whip-hand over his own faculties.

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
  • We hate him badly, but he has the whip-hand of us, and so we have to do the tame trot for him.

British Dictionary definitions for whip-hand

whip hand

noun the whip hand
(in driving horses) the hand holding the whip
advantage or dominating position
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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