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    Hi,

    does "l'emporte haut la main" mean in English - get the upperhand (over someone)?

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    Not really. You get the upper hand the moment you surpass someone. "l'emporte haut la main" means being better than someone else by a very large margin, I think I've heard it translated as "to stand head and shoulders above someone".
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    So it could rather than "get" the upperhand over someone.. could it reasonably be translated then as to simply "have the upperhand"?

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    I am afraid that Y___ is quite right, Joe D D Morgan. It would be much better translated as 'to stand head and shoulders above' (followed by 'à qqn', as I'm sure you would expect.)
 
 
 
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