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call the shots

call the shots

Date: Oct 15 2015

Themes: Celebrity, How To, Pop Culture

Quote

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“I’ve always wanted to call the shots because I would rather fail than not have a chance to figure it out on my own.”

Actor and director Jon Favreau, talking about how he likes to be in charge (BrainyQuote)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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make all of the decisions, be in charge

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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In the movie, “The Godfather,” Don Vito Corleone is the head of an Italian family. Everybody know that if they have a problem, they can go to Don Vito, and he will fix it. That’s because in “The Godfather,” Don Vito calls the shots.

To call the shots means to be in charge. In sports, there are often very good players, but the coach is the person who calls the shots. At work, even if you do an amazing job and make your company a lot of money, it’s your boss who is the one calling the shots. If you don’t like other people calling the shots, then start a company and be your own boss!

Jon Favreau likes being the one who calls the shots. For him, work is no fun if he is doing what other people tell him to do. He wants to do things his own way.

Do you like calling the shots? When do you get to be a leader?

Examples

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“Every time she comes over for dinner, she wants to call the shots. It’s annoying!”

“Lebron James is the best player on the team, so he calls the shots.”

“When you’re the boss, you get to call the shots.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

a2020 Order,make rules.
by a2020
Manu4 Call the attention of others
by Manu4
To be in charge. To be able to make the decisions.
by La Princesse de la vie
aijaciba To make a decision.
by aijaciba
Amado79 be the man of meeting and the one who is in-charge always
by Amado79

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Sergijko

Sergijko

Ukraine

I am a supervisor hence, I call the shots when it is necessary.

05:11 PM Oct 17 2015 |

Sergijko

Sergijko

Ukraine

I am a supervisor, I need to call the shots when it is necessary.

05:11 PM Oct 17 2015 |

Fayeabdou

Fayeabdou

Morocco

when i have been leaded by a bad boss,i really like to call the shots be my own bosss


,,great

11:01 PM Oct 15 2015 |

BOUQENTAR

Morocco

Call the shotsis a good thing that everybody wish to have.but as a responsability, it has also hits cons,which is heavy to handle

06:06 PM Oct 15 2015 |

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Damian4100

Damian4100

Ecuador

i preffer to be a person who call the shots, but sometimes its ok that other person take decisions


01:36 PM Oct 15 2015 |

NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

I love to call shots.  it so much fun to call the shots.

12:35 PM Oct 15 2015 |

hamid123

hamid123

Algeria

when we were kids we did a lot of things around us bad or good but in several times we like hiding from a lot of things because we thought if the others know we did those they will blame us and never let us doing that again …. we are happy about what we did … but now every thing even it is small we should call the shots…

06:21 AM Oct 15 2015 |

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