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Rule the roost


One in control. At the top of a power structure. The top authority figure in a small group or family. ‘Roost’ illustrates a rooster being a leader among chickens in a flock, so the idiom implies leader.  One may have become ruler by popular opinion or more likely by being stronger or having taken control by force.  (Compare to Head honcho, In charge of or Lord over.)

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