American Idiom: call the shots

To call the shots – means to make decisions.

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Video Transcript

call the shots

Robert is calling the shots until we find a new manager.

To call the shots – means to make decisions.

Here are example sentences :

Jessica calls the shots when she’s with her friends because her friends are wishy-washy (not decisive).

Peter called all the shots on that project while his boss was away.

Let’s do an exercise!

For each question, replace a word or words in a sentence with the idiom so that the meaning of the sentence is not changed. You have five seconds per question.

Question 1:

Olivia made all the decisions during our soccer game

Olivia called all the shots during our soccer game.

Question 2:

The Lakers won the championship because Lebron James was making the decisions.

The Lakers won the championship because Lebron James was calling the shots.

Practice makes perfect!

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More questions here!

Question 1:

He is not in a position to make a decision here.

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Question 2:

It was time for me to decide who I want to marry.

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