call the tune

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Synonyms for call the tune

exercise authority or be in charge

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He was the majority shareholder, just about, and was entitled to call the tune.
At least when Sky seeks to call the tune for English football, the clubs can benefit financially.
Players focused on club contracts rather than international glory call the tune - and it's not only Wales who suffer.
Luis Suarez is tricky and a goalscorer, Diego Forlan continues to impress while Edinson Cavani is the missing piece, allowing Forlan to play deeper and really call the tune.
Airbus continued to call the tune, with keeper Steven Cann twice denying Marc Lloyd Williams before half time, while after the break he made a good stop to foil Owen.
30) is fancied to call the tune in the fillies' maiden at Southwell today.
KNEESY DOES IT: Ronaldo is set to call the tune for Manchester United at The Oval tonight
Since we pay the piper, though, we ought to call the tune - however humble our status.
ROMANIAN strugglers Jiul Petrosani will have to pay the piper if they want to call the tune in their bid to land keeper Cristian Belgradean from Minerul Lupeni.