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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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run the show, to

To take charge. Originating in the mid-nineteenth-century theater, this term was transferred to being responsible for any kind of enterprise. John Braine used it in Room at the Top (1957): “The accountants and the engineers run the show no matter who’s in charge.” See also call the shots.
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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.
When so much money is involved, the guy running the show is not some college drop-out with a dream, but an MBA with a computer.
Northampton made too many mistakes and Lynagh was running the show.
Earlier, reports indicated that an intergovernmental committee at Harambee House is virtually running the show at City Hall and also making decisions on major projects, awarding contracts and filling influential posts.
GARY LINEKER will host the World Cup draw in Moscow today admitting he would have boycotted the ceremony had FIFA stooge Sepp Blatter still been running the show.
On their last visit to Glasgow, Hibs won at Parkhead with the ex-Celts at Easter Road 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. There seemed to be something of an ostrich mentality.
HERE we go again: another foul-up on the horizon, but loads of fat bonuses out of taxpayers' money for the bunglers running the show. Still, just like the privatisation of the railways and the SATS examination marking, I'm sure that it'll all work out well in the end and save us millions that can be squandered on other bungled projects.