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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Upperhand superiority: advantage
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For affix -most, cf. Aftermost, Foremost.


In literature:

So no more water was ever carried for the head squires, but it was plain to see that the war for the upperhand was not yet over.
"Men of Iron" by Howard Pyle
She'd got the upperhand of her father now; but if he'd only taken hold of her in season!
"Elsie Venner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
This fault has since taken the upperhand, and is avenging itself cruelly upon both of them.
"Tales of Two Countries" by Alexander Kielland
There she paused, panting, curiosity and daring once more getting the upperhand.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
With an effort he tried to take the upperhand.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
Now you are letting your vanity get the upperhand of you.
"The Span o' Life" by William McLennan
Oh, soon again the casque will resume the upperhand over the woolen cap, and the lance over the fork.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
The good party have the upperhand, and patriotic counsels begin to prevail.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution (Volume VI)" by Various
I aye thought that she had the upperhand o' him, but it doesna appear by his manner o' speaking to her.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 18" by Alexander Leighton

In news:

Griffin still has upperhand in Jonesboro series.
In the opener, the Silver Knights raced out to a 22-5 first-quarter lead before cruising to a comfortable 38-9 upperhand at the break.