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Re: Calling the shots

Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 08, 2005

In Reply to: Calling the shots posted by Altec L. on December 07, 2005

: Hi there,
: I'm trying to find the origin of the expression "calling the shots", meaning the boss or the one in control.
: My first thought assumed the origin to be a movie director directing scenes or "shots"; but it may just as likely refer to a talented 8 Ball or pool player nominating his next "shot"; or perhaps even a bartender controlling the number of "shots" a patron is allowed.
: Any info would be appreciated!
: Many thanks,
: Altec

I always thought it was from the game of pool aka pocket billiards where the shooter calls his shot ie is going to sink the 6 ball in the side pocket.
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