2011년 7월 10일 일요일

Dic: call the tune, call the shots

7. PHRASE : V inflects | If you say that a person or organization is calling the tune, you mean that they are in a position of power or control in a particular situation.

  • Who would then be calling the tune in Parliament?
...... Cobuild

CF. call the shots and call the tune: Fig. to make the decisions; to decide what is to be done.
  • Sally always wants to call the shots, and Mary doesn't like to be bossed around. 
  • They don't get along well. Sally always wants to call the tune.
CF. call (all) the shots: to decide on the course of action; to be in charge.
  • Why do you have to call all the shots? 
  • Do what you're told. I'll call the shots.
CF. call the shots/tune: to be the person who makes all the important decisions and who has the most power in a situation

.... McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, 
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary,

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