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Difference between Call one’s shots and Call the shots

call one’s shots—

1. tell in advance the result of a game, etc.:

  • Nothing ever happens as John says it will. He is very poor at calling his shots.

2. announce what one is about to do; reveal one’s plans, etc. beforehand:

  • You can hardly expect so adroit a politician to call his shots.

call the shots—(also: call all the shots) be in charge; decide on the course of action:

  • Tom is a first-rate leader who knows how to call the shots.

Note: Neither expression correlates in meaning with the phrase call shotgun(coll.) claim the seat beside the driver in an automobile:

  • If someone has successfully called shotgun, this gives them no right whatsoever to correct the driver on their navigation skills.