call the shots

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Redfield, Feb 12, 2019 at 12:06 AM.

  1. Redfield Member

    Have I used correctly the idiom in the sentence below?

    A: Joe is hardly ever on time for work. I think he should be relieved of his duties.
    B: I don't know man, he's good at what he does. I'd say Mr. Andrews is the one to call the shots.
  2. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    Not exactly. In this context I think you're looking for a similar sounding phrase.

    I'd say Mr. Andrews will be (should be) the one to make the call.
  3. Redfield Member

    Thank you. Could the phrase be interpreted as he should make a phone call?
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019 at 12:25 AM
  4. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    No, it means he should make the decision. (In this context.)

    In a different context it could refer to a phone call.
  5. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    Someone who is calling the shots makes all the important decisions, sometimes from behind-the-scenes where people aren't aware of his power.

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