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Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?
He could be quite bad-tempered to his clients. You’d have thought as they were paying the money that they’d call the tune and do the bullying. That wasn’t so. Santon bulled them and he was quite sure of himself although they weren’t.
call the tune = make important decisions, exercise authority
etymology “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.”
Thanks for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 12-Aug-2010 at 10:59.
Please see the amendment to the idiom you quoted. It's "piper" (as in the person who plays the musical instrument).