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    call the shots

    "The moment you mention CWTC people start assuming they are calling the shots and that's not true."

    Hi,
    What does this expression mean, please?
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    Re: call the shots

    Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

    Marc Choma, director of communications for the CWTA, says there is no evidence cellphones are unsafe.

    Choma says his organization is concerned about cellphone use and, for that reason, paid $1 million ...(for studies)... to examine the relation – if any – between cellphones and four tumours of the head and neck.

    He said part of that money also goes to the chair of population health risk assessment at the University of Ottawa's McLaughlin Centre. The chair, Dr. Daniel Krewski, heads the Canadian arm of the "Interphone" study and does some cellphone research at the centre.

    But Choma says CWTA's influence ends when the money has been handed over, adding: "If you don't fund research, the question is why don't you fund it."

    Dr. Krewski bristles at the suggestion of a conflict ...because of CWTA funding. That's the way science works, he said.

    "The moment you mention CWTC people start assuming they are calling the shots and that's not true. We have the tightest firewall (=so that the scientific findings/outcomes are not influenced by any outside 'interests' or 'other agenda' which would bias the results) you could imagine."

    So - 'calling the shots'.
    Any takers?

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    Re: call the shots

    The person or entity "calling the shots" is the one in charge, the one in the position of authority, the one giving direction and running the show. (The idiom comes from the sport of target shooting, where someone announces in advance where he is going to hit the target with his next shot.)

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    #4

    Re: call the shots

    Hi,
    Just to make sure I've understood: "call the shot" = "to be in charge"?
    Thanks!

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    #5

    Re: call the shots

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    Just to make sure I've understood: "call the shot" = "to be in charge"?
    Thanks!
    Correct. The person (or company, etc) who "calls the shots" is the person in charge.

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