Idioms

tail wagging the dog
a situation where a small part of something controls the larger part
The tail is wagging the dog and the receptionist controls everything in the office.
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  • take (someone or something) at face value
  • take (someone or something) seriously
  • take (someone or something) wrong
  • take (someone or somewhere) by storm
  • take (someone's) breath away
  • take (someone's) part
  • take (someone's) pulse
  • take (someone) at his or her word
  • take (someone) by surprise
  • take (someone) down a notch/peg or two
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  • from near and far
  • tuck into (something)
  • go through the motions
  • in the picture
  • give a wide birth to (someone or something)
  • jump all over (someone)
  • out-of-date
  • heart-to-heart
  • long and the short of it
  • take stock

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