Definition of wear the pants in English:

wear the pants


informal North American
  • Be the dominant partner in a relationship.

    • ‘there's no doubt who'll wear the pants in that house’
    • ‘And she knows to keep her mouth shut if she doesn't want to get belted. I wear the pants in my family.’
    • ‘Does he lose his sense of power if he doesn't wear the pants in the family?’
    • ‘Despite what Caz might say, the fact is that I wear the pants in our little family.’
    • ‘Life is indeed a downhill ride for Khasi men from the day they are born, shackled as they are to the matriarchal system where the females wear the pants in the family and males are psychologically emasculated.’
    • ‘David wondered vaguely why she got to wear the pants.’