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English definition of “hold all the cards”

hold all the cards

to be in a strong position when you are competing with someone else, because you have all the advantages: Management holds all the cards when it comes to the negotiations over job cuts.
(Definition of hold all the cards from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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