driver's seat

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driv·er's seat

A position of control or authority.
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driv′er's seat`

1. the seat from which a vehicle is operated.
2. a position of power, dominance, or superiority.
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He was driving toward Pierre in a covered gig, sitting beside a young surgeon, and on recognizing Pierre he told the Cossack who occupied the driver's seat to pull up.
I went in again, according to my promise, to get my servant's box, lugged it out, clapped it beside her on the tail of the dog cart, and then caught the reins and jumped up into the driver's seat beside my wife.
And gathering up the leather reins fastened together by a brass ring, Nikita took the driver's seat and started the impatient horse over the frozen manure which lay in the yard, towards the gate.
He spoke no word to the slave sitting in the driver's seat. It was evident that he had been expected, and that the fellow had received his instructions before his coming.
Graham would not allow - the young widow and her son alighted, relinquishing the driver's seat to Rose; and I persuaded Eliza to take the latter's place.
What had shocked her to consciousness of herself was a young man in the driver's seat of a touring car standing at the curb.
Beyond Albany they came upon a motor car with a tyre burst and a young woman sitting absolutely passive beside the driver's seat. An old man was under the car trying to effect some impossible repairs.
A yellow metal grab rail runs horizontally between the back seats and the driver's seat.
Morven, 35, born in Helensburgh and brought up in Glasgow, is enjoying the demands of adapting The Driver's Seat but admits Muriel Spark's book has not been easy to approach, but she is relishing her first stage role since 2010's Men Should Weep.
The front end, including wheels and a driver's seat, is left untouched.
The pupil even got the opportunity to sit in the driver's seat and feel all the controls and especially loved pressing the horn!
Police were told to expect Jason Griffiths, 25, to get into the driver's seat of an Audi car, which he did.