Catbird-seat



an advantageous situation or condition:
His appointment as acting dean put him in the catbird seat.

noun phrase

An enviable position; a controlling position: The owners are in the catbird seat (1930s+)

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sit in the catbird seat
A situation of advantage or superiority, as in His promotion put Charles in the catbird seat. This term is thought to allude to that noisy bird’s habitual high perch. It was popularized in the 1940s by sportscaster Red Barber.

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