Do you wear the trousers?

Do you wear the trousers?

“Trousers” (pantalones) you will know. You can wear “shorts” (pantalones cortos), and perhaps when you go to El Corte Inglés you might buy a pair of trousers.

There is a phrase “to wear the trousers”. This is an idiom (modismo) and it is similar in Spanish. It means that you are the boss. Some examples:

– In Mrs. Merkel´s house, it is she who wears the trousers. She is therefore the boss in the household.

– Mr. Sanchez always says: “in Spain I wear the trousers” (en España mando yo).

– In Switzerland (a direct democracy) the people wear the trousers. This means that the people make the decisions via referéndums. So it is a system where the Swiss people wear the trousers (…el pueblo suizo en quien lleva los pantalones).

So, in what context do you wear the trousers?

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