call all the shots

call (all) the shots

To dictate how a situation or agenda proceeds, as from a position of authority. My staff has to do what I say because I'm the boss, and I call all the shots here! Mom calls the shots for Thanksgiving dinner, so you better get her approval for any dish you want to bring.
See also: call, shot

call (all) the shots

tv. to decide on the course of action; to be in charge. Why do you have to call all the shots?
See also: all, call, shot
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We need an informed, balanced decision on this before Ineos get to call all the shots.
And he needs to realise it works both ways and that you won't sit around forever waiting for him to call all the shots.
As well as owning a large part of the company, Cruise and Wagner will call all the shots.
I'd be more than happy for her to boss me around and call all the shots.
The Ireland-based businessman will own 20 per cent of the club next year and will effectively be able to call all the shots.
will no longer be able to call all the shots in Asia--Bernstein and Munro advance a number of controversial proposals.
Not that they call all the shots, or have carte blanche to veto Hillary's madcap public gambits.
He told 3am: "I got to call all the shots on this video which was great.