call the shots

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

  1. Redfield Member

    Spanish-Chile
    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

    Spanish-Chile
    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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