Idioms: Call the Shots

The word shot can refer to many things-a doctor give you a shot, A gun fires a shot and a basketball player takes a shot, but who…


In the classroom the teacher calls the shots.

This idiom means:  to make the decisions

This idiom has several different possible origins.  It might come from warfare where the officer in charge tells the soldiers when to fire the shots or from basketball where the coach draws up the plays and tells players what shots to make.

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