run the show

run the show

To have autonomy or authority over something; to be in control of something. You can tell that the manager, so used to running the show in the office, is finding it hard to adjust to having a boss of his own just a few doors down. I'm the director, so I run the show here, OK? My word is final.
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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

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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run the show

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone runs the show, they are in control of an organization, event, or situation. So who's actually running the show around here? What board of directors? You know as well as I do that you're the one who runs the show!
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run the show

(sometimes disapproving) be in control of a plan, a project, an organization, etc: Why does Sheila always have to run the show? There are plenty of other people who could organize the event just as well as her.
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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
Igathe, the former Vivo Energy MD, is believed to be highly favoured by the executive to run the show at City Hall, a move said to have angered his boss.
RORY BEST last night told Bundee Aki he can run the show on his Ireland debut as he does for Connacht.
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.
Barring such an agreement - which according to reports from various parties to the negotiations faces one or two potential deal-breaking points - options include reaching agreement with an outside firm such as Advanstar or George Little Management to run the show, or for LIMA to run the show itself.
A long sponsored pro and world class competitor, Braden and his tight crew run the show at North Shore's Banzai Pipeline.
It was designed to provoke Pogba, to tell him that he's the leader, the guy who is supposed to run the show - and you saw the reaction.
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.
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.