wear the pants
phrasal see wear the trousers

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wear\ the\ pants — • wear the trousers • wear the pants v. phr. informal To have a man s authority; be the boss of a family or household. Mr. Wilson is henpecked by his wife; she wears the trousers in that family. Mrs. Jones talks a lot but Mr. Jones wears the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • wear the pants — phrasal see wear the trousers * * * I informal be the dominant partner in a relationship there s no doubt who ll wear the pants in that house II see pants * * * wear the pants see ↑wear …   Useful english dictionary

  • wear the pants — to be the person in charge in a marriage or family. She has the best paid job and she also wears the pants in the family. Usage notes: used to describe women, as in the example Etymology: based on the idea that men are traditionally in control… …   New idioms dictionary

  • wear the pants — make the decisions, control everything    Betty wears the pants in the Cheong family. She s the boss …   English idioms

  • wear the pants — be the controlling person in a household, be the authority, be in control (about a woman, usually regarding her relationship with her male partner) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wear the pants — idi to have the dominant role, as in a household …   From formal English to slang

  • Wear the pants — be in charge; dominate …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • wear the pants — Australian Slang be in charge; dominate …   English dialects glossary

  • wear the pants — (Roget s IV) , v. Syn. wield authority, run things, boss, domineer; see dominate …   English dictionary for students

  • wear the pants (in the house) — tv. to be he boss in the house; to run a household. □ All right, if you have to wear the pants, have it your way. □ Well, somebody has to wear the pants …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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