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upper

1. Geology archaeol denoting the late part or division of a period, system, formation, etc.
2. Maths (of a limit or bound) greater than or equal to one or more numbers or variables
3. Informal any tooth of the upper jaw
4. Slang any of various drugs having a stimulant or euphoric effect

upper

[′əp·ər]
(geology)
Pertaining to rocks or strata that normally overlie those of earlier formations of the same subdivision of rocks.
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Tomahawks were having the upper hand but Kingston took advantage of a powerplay to snatch both points, the goal coming in the 39th minute.
But there was action in the two university clashes with the counties having the upper hand in both cases.
At that stage Raikkonen and Massa were proving they were in a class of their own, with the Finn seemingly having the upper hand after the first round of pit stops afterwhich he began to pull away from his team-mate.
The Premiership final between the two giants of English club rugby will be the fifth time the sides have met this season, with Leicester having the upper hand in all but one of the previous games: a 17-17 draw in the Premiership at the start of the season.
On what can best be described as a sporty pitch, with the bowlers having the upper hand, we were just about 20 runs shy of what we thought was a competitive score.
And their championship campaign came to an end as they were thumped by Meath at O'Moore Park despite having the upper hand in the first half.
But, despite the Blues having the upper hand in the set-piece and general play, Connacht ensured they opened their league campaign with a victory.
The problem with Zuma's complaints is that it contradicts the general impression that unbalanced trade results in the metropolitan having the upper hand and that African trade balance paints a red color.
htm) Surveys and predictions across the world point to Android having the upper hand over iOS in terms of usage.
Eradicationists on both sides are having the upper hand, but there could be a change after the presidential elections next April (see Gas Market Trends).
Honor Blackman played leather-clad karate queen Cathy Gale in the Sixties TV series The Avengers, and judo expert Pussy Galore in the Bond movie Goldfinger, so she's used to having the upper hand.
But, with Ireland having the upper hand over England after last year's win at Twickenham and Andy Robinson's side 0-2 in points from games this year, O'Sullivan is worried some see this game as a stick-on victory.