American Idioms and Expressions

Call The Shots Idiom

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call the shots
What does call the shots mean?
to be in charge, to give orders The vice-president is now calling the shots and is in control of the company.
call the shots
What does call the shots mean?
to be in chargeDuring the meeting the vice-president was calling the shots.
call the shots
What does call the shots mean?
control something, make the rules (from calling the shots in billiards/pool) control something, make the rules (from calling the shots in billiards/pool)My friend has been calling the shots in his company for several years now.
call the shots
What does call the shots mean?
to be in charge, to give orders The vice-president is now calling the shots and is in control of the company.

call the shots
What does call the shots mean?
to be in charge During the meeting the vice-president was calling the shots.

call the shots
What does call the shots mean?
to control something, to make the rules (from calling the shots in billiards or pool) My friend has been calling the shots in his company for several years now.


Some Random Idioms
be all over (something)
What does "be all over (something)" mean?
like (something); be fascinated by; be obsessed by. He really likes her, he's all over her.
show (someone) to his or her seat
What does "show (someone) to his or her seat" mean?
to direct someone to a place to sitThe usher showed the members of the audience to their seats.
New kid on the block
What does "New kid on the block" mean?
A new kid on the block is a person who has recently joined a company, organisation, team, etc, and does not know how things work yet.
under one's thumb
What does "under one's thumb" mean?
under the control of; manipulated by. "Under My Thumb" (song title).
bone up (on something)
What does "bone up (on something)" mean?
to study or review (something) I decided to take a course at night to bone up on my Spanish.

pay attention to (someone or something)
What does "pay attention to (someone or something)" mean?
to look at something with full attention, to listen to someone with full attentionThe man never pays attention to what his supervisor tells him.
to huff and puff
What does "to huff and puff" mean?
to breathe very hardI was huffing and puffing after I walked up several floors in our apartment building.
start off on the wrong foot
What does "start off on the wrong foot" mean?
to start an activity badly, to start a relationship badlyI started off on the wrong foot with my supervisor.
thin on top
What does "thin on top" mean?
bald or baldingMy uncle is a little thin on top but he is very handsome.
freaked out
What does "freaked out" mean?
stunned; shocked; surprised
Laugh to see a pudding crawl
What does "Laugh to see a pudding crawl" mean?
(UK) Someone who would laugh to see a pudding crawl is easily amused and will laugh at anything.
with impunity
What does "with impunity" mean?
without risk of punishmentThe man was able to continue to abuse his position and clients with impunity.

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