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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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Therefore, the competition for connectivity has greatly increased among larger sell-side firms, who enjoy economies of scale and superior technological capability, having the upper hand in obtaining liquidity.
It will be the battle of the greens on Thursday with Bangladesh having the upper hand since they have a stronger batting line up and bowling attack compared to Pakistan.
Romney's victory by only eight votes in the Iowa caucuses is expected to be a boost to his quest for the Republican nomination, as he is also seen as having the upper hand in the New Hampshire primary on Jan.
Claims from councillors that the bureau will become a higher authority than ministers are wrong, because we will only supervise and monitor human resources in ministries and government establishments, with the ministers concerned still having the upper hand in deciding policy," said Mr Al Zayed.
Due to American officials and especially General Petraeus repeatedly lying and feeding wrong information to its nation about them having the upper hand in the Afghan situation, now that these false claims are unravelling, it has compelled them to suggest an intervention from Pakistan.
20 10 0 10 569 543 6 36 *Leigh deducted 3pts despite having the upper hand this season with a win and a draw against their closest rivals.
However, the Sudanese president warned his party against feeling "relaxed" as a result of the NCP having the upper hand in the political arena.
Love is not enough in this situation and it's not a case of having the upper hand, but of having some confidence it wouldn't just happen again.
We must be equal in rights, duties and power-sharing, without anyone having the upper hand," said Allawi, who also accuses al-Maliki of monopolising power and insists on constitutional amendments to lessen the influence of the prime minister.
Their most recent reverse came last Saturday at London Welsh where they were beaten 33-9 despite having the upper hand in the scrums.
HP, whose $115 billion of annual revenue compared with Dell s $53 billion, was widely seen from the start as having the upper hand.
However, he explains that whereas world leaders previously shortened Israeli-Arab wars, with Israel usually having the upper hand, the Jewish State presumably would not be in such an advantageous position against Iran.

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