call the shots

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: the shots - exercise authority or be in charge; "Who is calling the shots in this house?"
control, command - exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
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Trained by his owner John Wade, who is based a few miles from the course, Call The Shots last won in 1997 when scoring over three and a half miles at Kelso.
But since Milk Marque's plans must be approved by the Office of Fair Trading and the Department of Trade and Industry, the producers' co-operative can neither call the shots nor set a schedule.
Thus, it would destroy the fundament of power in the global capitalist system: owners call the shots.
Since Cuba was opened to foreign investment after the end of the Cold War, architects (reportedly 90 per cent of them) have found themselves working, often in association with foreign investors who call the shots, on state tourist buildings.
Now, it's the federal government's turn to call the shots, as the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) prepares to release new salmon protection regulations before the end of the year.
SCOTLAND stopper Christian Dailly will call the shots today in the absence of motor-mouth Stuart Pearce as West Ham search for FA Cup glory.
At the largest firms in Japan and Germany, quick-thinking CEOs almost never call the shots on their own.
FOR all George Bush's good intentions to navigate the road map of Middle Eastern peace, little will be achieved as long as the old men call the shots.
His manager, Les Bonano, said: "He said Tyson doesn't call the shots and tell him when he's going to fight and when he ain't going to fight.