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have/hold the whip hand

to be the ​person or ​group that has the most ​power in a ​situation: During the last ​decade the ​rightwing of the ​party has ​held the whip ​hand.
(Definition of have/hold the whip hand from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “have/hold the whip hand”
in Chinese (Simplified) 成为掌权者, 处于支配地位…
in Chinese (Traditional) 成為掌權者, 處於支配地位…
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