call the tune


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call the tune

to have the most power and authority in a situation In this part of the mortgage market, the banks call the tune.
Related vocabulary: call the shots
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call the tune

Make important decisions, exercise authority, as in Nancy said that it's her turn to call the tune. The full term is Who pays the piper calls the tune, meaning whoever bears the cost of an enterprise should have authority over it. [Late 1800s] Also see the synonym call the shots.
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