Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

in the driving seat

driving seatthe driving seatin the driving seat
Meaning(s)
1) leading or in control of a situation
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • in the driving seat on the project
  • Analysis
    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.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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