call the shots

Redfield

Senior Member
Spanish-Chile
#1
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.
 

kentix

Senior Member
English - U.S.
#2
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.
 

Redfield

Senior Member
Spanish-Chile
#3
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.
Thank you. Could the phrase be interpreted as he should make a phone call?
 
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kentix

Senior Member
English - U.S.
#4
No, it means he should make the decision. (In this context.)

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

kentix

Senior Member
English - U.S.
#5
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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