in the driving seat


1. leading or in control of a situation






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in the driving seat on the project

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A person described as being 'in the driving seat' is in control or has the authority to make decisions. This expression comes from the way the driver of a car is in control of the vehicle and its destination. This is an idiomatic expression that can be used in social and professional situations.

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  1. I just sat back when she started delivering our presentation. I don't mind not being in the driving seat.
  2. Between my husband and I, I think I'm more in the driving seat when it comes to our relationship.

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  1. I don't like it when others take over my work. I prefer to be in the driving seat at all times.
  2. I still like to ask my colleagues for advice I don't think I'm ready to be in the driving seat just yet.

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