wear the trousers

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Related to wear the trousers: wear thin
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Verb1.wear the trousers - 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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Meanwhile the coat becomes older and older, and he hardly dares to wear the trousers.
He added: "You know when I go home, let's be honest, I don't wear the trousers, there isn't a man in the United Kingdom who's married who's telling the truth who says that his wife isn't in charge.
I wear the trousers in this relationship and I always will.