call all the shots

call (all) the shots

To dictate how a situation or agenda proceeds, as from a position of authority. My staff has to do what I say because I'm the boss, and I call all the shots here! Mom calls the shots for Thanksgiving dinner, so you better get her approval for any dish you want to bring.
See also: call, shot

call (all) the shots

tv. to decide on the course of action; to be in charge. Why do you have to call all the shots?
See also: all, call, shot
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And he needs to realise it works both ways and that you won't sit around forever waiting for him to call all the shots.
He has recently spoken about how this century will differ from the 20th as new forces and powers arise, where no one country will call all the shots.
Now he can call all the shots and he will do really well.
But once again Saturday at the Rose Bowl, Karl Dorrell's Bruins refused to go quietly, refused to get out of the way of the top-ranked Trojans' bid to call all the shots in this city.
Multinational retailers might appear to call all the shots, said BRC communications director David Southwell, but this doesn't mean regulators should wave through deals like this just to redress the power balance.
I'd be more than happy for her to boss me around and call all the shots.
The Ireland-based businessman will own 20 per cent of the club next year and will effectively be able to call all the shots.
will no longer be able to call all the shots in Asia--Bernstein and Munro advance a number of controversial proposals.
Not that they call all the shots, or have carte blanche to veto Hillary's madcap public gambits.
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An active writer and lecturer, he has recently spoken about how this century will differ from the 20th as new forces and powers arise, a time where no one country will call all the shots.
As well as owning a large part of the company, Cruise and Wagner will call all the shots.
And they agreed, provided that Messina as producer could still call all the shots.
Marisol Serrano used to call all the shots for her 20-member Val Verde gang.
Hollywood High inspires budding Speilbergs to call all the shots, whether it's a shindig at the beach, a teen romance on prom night or even some great gossip in the bathroom.