rule the roost


rule the roost
To be the controlling member(s) of a family, organization, or other group.

His was biding his time, and patiently looking forward to the days when he himself would sit authoritative at some board, and talk and direct, and rule the roost, while lesser stars sat round and obeyed.


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  • rule the roost — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be leader or boss; be in charge. * /Jim is very bossy; he always wants to rule the roost./ * /Who rules the roost in the Smith s house?/ Compare: WEAR THE TROUSERS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rule the roost — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be leader or boss; be in charge. * /Jim is very bossy; he always wants to rule the roost./ * /Who rules the roost in the Smith s house?/ Compare: WEAR THE TROUSERS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rule the roost — If someone rules the roost they are the boss. Example:There s no doubt who rules the roost in this house …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • rule the roost — meaning ‘to have full control or authority’, is first recorded in about 1400 in the unexplained form rule the roast, which lasted until the 19c when roast was replaced by roost, thereby at least producing a clear image …   Modern English usage

  • rule the roost — ► rule the roost be in complete control. Main Entry: ↑rule …   English terms dictionary

  • rule the roost — phrasal see rule the roast * * * rule the roost see under ↑roast • • • Main Entry: ↑roost rule the roost see under ↑roast • • • Main Entry: ↑rule * * * rule the roost …   Useful english dictionary

  • rule\ the\ roost — v. phr. informal To be leader or boss; be in charge. Jim is very bossy; he always wants to rule the roost. Who rules the roost in the Smith s house? Compare: wear the trousers …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rule the roost —    If you rule the roost, you are the most important and powerful person in a group or community.     Officially David runs the company, but it s his father who rules the roost …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • rule the roost — to control a place, situation, or activity Ultimately, men still rule the roost and make more money …   English dictionary

  • rule the roost — be the dominant one in the family She seems rather quiet but she really rules the roost in their family …   Idioms and examples


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