run (one's) own show

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run (one's) own show

To have complete autonomy or authority over something; to do something according solely to one's own inclinations, desires, opinions, etc. You can tell that the manager, so used to running his own show in the office, is finding it hard to adjust to having a boss of his own just a few doors down. The CEO's son really ran his own show in here for the last few years, until he was finally busted for fraud and removed from the company.
See also: own, run, show
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But if you look what Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and other local authorities are doing I think they can demonstrate that Whitehall doesn't always know best and they are very capable of running their own shows.
The idea was that a variety of organizers from around the city who are running their own shows, their own readings, open mikes, slams, that sort of thing, have all gotten together and identified that slam has been missing from Worcester for about a year and, all together, wanted to see if they could make slam in the city happen again.
The traditional, native and rare breeds show this September looks set to be the biggest and best yet, and we remain extremely keen to encourage local, regional and national breed societies to support the event by running their own shows and sales alongside our hardy annuals.
In these profiles, a team of merchants, a lodge owner, a tour operator and a cargo hauler share some of the pros and cons of running their own shows.