Who wears the trousers?

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Who wears the trousers?

Who is in charge of this situation? Typically used to describe who has more power in a relationship or household, with "trousers" denoting masculine authority, as women traditionally wore skirts throughout history. She won't let you go out with me tonight? Who wears the trousers in your relationship, man?
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However, Michael is a touch too fatherly and there may be tears unless they decide who wears the trousers.
This says more about who wears the trousers in the Spielberg household than the quality of this lesbian love story.