To have authority and superiority to others, to get advantage than others

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  • In 19th century, the expression came from Southern part of America. A catbird produces sound like a cat usually sits on the top of trees, looks for its prey from its sharp eyes. In 1940, a popular sports caster Red Barber used this expression on radio to explain a strong batter who confronts a weak pitcher and vice versa. It was also used as a title of short story by James Thurber. Today we can use this expression for anyone who is “in the catbird seat” means at higher position than other people.
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In the party, Franklin was in the catbird seat because he could sing and dance pretty well.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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How to pronounce this phrase?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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