Meaning of “have/hold the whip hand” in the English Dictionary

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"have/hold the whip hand" in British English

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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 right wing 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)

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