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wear the trousers
To be in charge in a relationship or family. The phrase is typically applied to a woman. Trousers were historically only worn by men, who were traditionally the decision makers. I think it's pretty obvious who wears the trousers in that family—Grandma Helene. Actually, in our relationship, we both wear the trousers—we make decisions together.
wear the trousers BRITISH or
wear the pants
If one person in a couple wears the trousers or wears the pants, they make all the important decisions. She may give the impression that she wears the trousers but it's actually Tim who makes all the big decisions. My father said he wanted to discuss the investment with my mother, to which the salesman demanded, `Who wears the pants in your family?' Note: This expression is usually used about women who seem to control their husbands or partners.
wear the trousers be the dominant partner in a marriage or the dominant person in a household. informal
wear the ˈtrousers (British English) (American English wear the ˈpants) (often disapproving) (especially of a woman) be the partner in a marriage who makes the decisions and tells the other person what to do: It’s not difficult to see who wears the trousers in their house!
References in periodicals archive
Nadine wears the trousers
in their relationship."Hmm, that must be when she's not wearing a chiffon frock so sheer you can see her knickers!
Susan said: "Mum wears the trousers
and he did what he was told."
In her recent "10 commandments on how to dress to impress" in Britain's Glamour magazine, she urged readers "to do their shopping all over the world." Sounds like the ultimate test of who really wears the trousers
This says more about who wears the trousers
in the Spielberg household than the quality of this lesbian love story.