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, idiomatic) (typically of a woman) To be the dominant partner in a relationship.
    Synonyms: rule the roost, wear the breeches, wear the pants (US)
    • 1987, Martin L. Gore (lyrics and music), “Never Let Me Down Again”, in Music for the Masses, performed by Depeche Mode:
      As long as I remember who's wearing the trousers / I hope he never lets me down again
    • 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.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see wear,‎ trouser.


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