Idiom of the Week – Week 39

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to call the shots”: to make the decisions; das Sagen haben

Example 1:  The manager is out on sick leave, so Mike, the project manager, is calling all the shots at the moment.

Example 2:  The CEO calls the shots, but she always consults with her management team about major decisions.

In the news:  China is now calling the shots in metals pricing

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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