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Hold all the cards


In control. Have the superior position in a negotiation. Reference is to a poker game wherein only person  has the good cards so they will win. (Compare to Upper hand.)

“I spoke to my divorce lawyer and he said we  have no bargaining position, my wife holds all the cards so I’m in trouble.”

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