wear the trousers

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wear the trousers (third-person singular simple present wears the trousers, present participle wearing the trousers, simple past wore the trousers, past participle worn the trousers)

  1. (Britain) To be the dominant partner in a relationship.
    • 1988, John Rowan, Windy Dryden, Innovative Therapy in Britain‎:
      His mother wore the trousers, and father, a gentle man who worked in local government, was not ambitious enough for her.