tail wagging the dog

tail wagging the dog

a situation where a small part is controlling the whole of something. John was just hired yesterday, and today he's bossing everyone around. It's a case of the tail wagging the dog. Why is this small matter taking so much time? Now it's the tail wagging the dog!
See also: dog, tail, wag
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Many of the most popular CMMS packages available in the Middle East market try to horn shoe, the client into their offer, a classic case of the tail wagging the dog.
This incompetence would seem to demonstrate that the council and Rightacres, the latter the tail wagging the dog, are making up this project as they go along.
Now you have the tail wagging the dog, where decisions have been made and folks are coming to us saying, You can t opine on this.
I heard one Westminster politician say: "We have to stop the tail wagging the dog.
The situation is the proverbial tail wagging the dog, Trotter noted, and places council in an awkward position.
As membership of all the three main political parties dwindles due to disillusionment perhaps the days of the tail wagging the dog are becoming numbered.
It is the settlers, the tail wagging the dog, who imposed this law on the State of Israel.
TheBIGreview NUMBER'S UP: Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson Seven Psychopaths Cert 15 IT'S a case of the tail wagging the dog as Colin Farrell heads an all-star cast attempting to rescue a lame script.
The people of Walsall, through their council tax, pay for this service but it seems the contractor determines what level of service we get; it's a case of the tail wagging the dog.
But this is not only a gross misunderstanding of how story works in biblical proclamation but it is the tail wagging the dog with regards to preaching scripture.
In a case of the tail wagging the dog, paid officials seem to be making decisions in private without any reference to the councillors who are supposed to be their masters.
Gatland is all-powerful at present because he's just led Wales to the Grand Slam, but in any sporting organisation you can't have the tail wagging the dog.
This is wake-up call, and hopefully will be the catalyst needed to turn the tables and stop the tail wagging the dog.
With a few notable exceptions, college sports at the bigger schools has become the tail wagging the dog.
Geoff Tail wagging the dog I find it unbelievable that we have Andrew Franklin telling us that horses should be withdrawn if they delay the start.