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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.
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call (all) the shots

to decide on the course of action; to be in charge. Why do you have to call all the shots? Do what you're told. I'll call the shots.
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call the shots

 and call the tune
Fig. to make the decisions; to decide what is to be done. Sally always wants to call the shots, and Mary doesn't like to be bossed around. They don't get along well. Sally always wants to call the tune.
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call the shots

Exercise authority, be in charge, as in It's up to the boss to call the shots. This term probably alludes to determining accuracy in target practice. [Mid-1900s] Also see call the tune.
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call the shots

INFORMAL
COMMON If you call the shots, you are the person who makes all the important decisions in an organization or situation. Is the military really the power behind the President now? Who really calls the shots? He had to be the one calling the shots, in control of everything. Note: This may refer to someone shooting and saying which part of the target they intend to hit. Alternatively, it may refer to a snooker or pool player saying which ball they intend to hit or which pocket they intend to hit it into.
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call the shots (or tune)

take the initiative in deciding how something should be done; be in control. informal
Call the shots was originally an American phrase, first recorded in the 1960s. Call the tune comes from the saying he who pays the piper calls the tune , which dates from the late 19th century.
1996 Sunday Telegraph Britain is no longer run from Downing Street. It's Brussels that calls the shots.
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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?
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call the shots

verb
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call the

shots/tune Informal
To exercise authority; be in charge.
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call the shots

Be in charge, make all major decisions. This colloquialism, dating from the mid-1900s, probably alludes to target practice. David Baldacci used it in Hour Game (2004): “Okay, I was right; the feds call the shots and take the glory.” See also run the show.
See also: call, shot
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Traditional notions of brain function hold that the left hemisphere controls spoken language while the right hemisphere calls the shots regarding visual and spatial skills, including those necessary for using sign language.
Mancini feels he does not have enough power at City and said the only way they will enjoy long-term success is to follow the Manchester United model - where Ferguson calls the shots.
Mancini feels he does not have enough power at City and said the only way they will enjoy long-term success is to follow the Manchester United model - where Ferguson calls the shots. While there is no actual sense of a critical power struggle at City, Mancini has been frustrated at the club's inability to land his top summer transfer targets in time for the preseason build-up.
The Italian remains publicly supportive of Torres, but just four days before the game that could kill off Chelsea's trophy hopes at Old Trafford, Ancelotti maintained he calls the shots at the club.
But he knows full well president Florentino Perez calls the shots at the Bernabeu - and isn't afraid to fire them.
Watch what happens when role reversal sets in and see how the children react to the drastic changes when their mums move out and a strange woman takes the reigns and calls the shots.