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call the shots

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly US) To make the decisions; to be in charge; to give orders.
    Synonym: call the tune
    You may know all about glassblowing, but here in the gym I call the shots.
    • 1994 January 25, Bill Clinton, William Jefferson Clinton's Second State of the Union Address[1]:
      In today's health care system, insurance companies call the shots. They pick whom they cover and how they cover them. They can cut off your benefits when you need your coverage the most. They are in charge.