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call the shots (or tune)

Definition of call the shots or tune in English:

Take the initiative in deciding how something should be done: we believe in parents and teachers calling the shots
More example sentences
  • It's all about getting the initiative and being in a position to call the shots.
  • He quoted the proverb ‘He who pays the piper, calls the tune, ‘but noted, ‘I think we are very strong on the issue that they mustn't tell us what is good for us.
  • The taxpayer pays the piper, but the sponsor calls the tune.
Synonyms
be in charge, be in control, be in command, be the boss, be at the helm, be in the driving seat, be at the wheel, be in the saddle, pull the strings, hold the purse strings
British informal wear the trousers
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