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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

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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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There was further evidence at the meeting that the UN is running the show, with Canada following their lead instead of exerting national sovereignty.
The winners should be honored, as they have been chosen by the IT professionals who are running the show and selecting products on a daily basis.
Straight on the pitch, he began to run the show and by the next game he was completely running the show.
The cessation of greyhound racing at the Brandon venue was arguably inevitable given that it had lurched from crisis to crisis, but surely it could have been handled a lot better by those running the show.
Experience has been the story at the WTA Championships, with long-time tennis mainstays Davenport and Pierce running the show.
Experience has been the story at the WTA Championships, with tennis mainstays Lindsay Davenport and Mary Pierce running the show.