To call the shots = to make the decisions

No, it’s not about shooting a gun, or calling it for that matter. If you call the shots, you are

the boss. You make the decisions.

A manager or leader calls the shots. They make the decisions and tell people what to do.

Read the dialogue and take the quiz below to test your understanding.


Mark: Why are you doing that?

Craig: Tom told me to do it.

Mark: Do you always do what Tom says?

Craig: Of course. He’s the boss. He calls the shots.

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