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English definition of “have/hold the whip hand”

have/hold the whip hand

to be the person or group that has the most power in a situation: During the last decade the right wing of the party has held the whip hand.Controlling and being in charge
(Definition of have/hold the whip hand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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