To rule the roast
Roast Roast, n. That which is roasted; a piece of meat which has been roasted, or is suitable for being roasted. [1913 Webster]

A fat swan loved he best of any roost [roast]. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{To rule the roast}, to be at the head of affairs. ``The new-made duke that rules the roast.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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