看绝望的主妇学高频短语:Have the upper hand

Have the upper hand: To have a position of advantage, power, and/or control (over someone, something, or some situation); To have more power in a competitive situation than the other side and to be able to control things; The position of having power or being in control in a particular situation. If you have the upper hand, you have more power than anyone else and so have control.

中文释义:have the upper hand:upper是上面的;hand是手。To have the upper hand意思就是占优势,占上风。这个习惯用语源于一种古老的比赛。大家从下到上,一个接一个地轮流把手放在一根木棍上,谁的手落在最上面,谁就是比赛的赢家,或者说the winner was the player with the upper hand. 这个习语除了可以用来说人外,还可以用来指情绪。比如说,his feelings got the upper hand. 意思是他的情绪失去了控制。

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