run the show

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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References in classic literature ?
All right, guv'ner,' I told him, 'you run the show, and I'll take the tickets
Aaron has got little touches like Fabregas has and when I played against him last week for Wolves he really did run the show and I thought - dare I say - he was better than Fabregas in that game.
Westbrook, UCLA's backup point guard, wasn't able to run the show for the second team in scrimmages after his nose was hit in last Wednesday's practice.
Unlike a job interview, do not try to sell your self Only answer questions asked and let the board run the show.
Perhaps in their ideal world, where President Kerry and Secretary of State Biden run the show, such precision is possible.
We identify who are the senior producing people who can run the show," explains Karzen, who doubles as production executive for Fleiss's banner, Next Entertainment, and as vice president of programming for Telepictures Productions, the Warner Bros.
But far fewer of the tourist dollars flow to the local people (save for low-paying jobs making up beds) than to the moneyed interests that run the show.
But I got the message very clearly that if [Chavez] won, he would want other people to run the show.
A long sponsored pro and world class competitor, Braden and his tight crew run the show at North Shore's Banzai Pipeline.
Taking a stand: ``I play what I want and that's key because computers run the show at most stations.
An IT specialist adds, "The 'good old boys' run the show and you are either in or out.
Yet, they have set records taking money from the same old special interests that have run the show for so long that only the most optimistic people hold out much hope that those operating from a restored City Hall will really be much different than those in the old, run-down City Hall.
Women run the show at Avon, Charming Shoppes, Hewlett-Packard, and Xerox.
It is a lot of money to recover, but we've bought all the equipment now, and the idea is to run the show every year.
Following the premier event in 1955 - an International Couturier Collection show sponsored by the Celanese Corporation - the Extension Board decided to run the show itself.