run the show

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run the show

To have autonomy or authority over something; to be in control of something. You can tell that the manager, so used to running the show in the office, is finding it hard to adjust to having a boss of his own just a few doors down. I'm the director, so I run the show here, OK? My word is final.
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run the show

to be in charge; to be in command. Who's running this show? No, I don't want to have to run the show again.
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run the show

to be in charge of an organization or an activity Although the new president of our club has not taken office yet, she's running the show already.
Related vocabulary: call the shots
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run the show

  (informal)
to be in charge of an organization or an activity (often in continuous tenses) He started off working in the kitchen and now he's running the show.
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run the show

Take charge, assume control, as in Ever since Bill retired from the business, his daughter's been running the show. The word show here simply means "kind of undertaking." [First half of 1900s] A similar usage is run one's own show, meaning "exert control over one's own activities" or "act independently." For example, The high school drama club didn't ask permission to perform that play-they want to run their own show . [Mid-1900s]
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