faire la pluie et le beau temps

The French expression “faire la pluie et le beau temps” translates literally to: “to make the rain and the nice weather”.

English meanings:

  • to call the shots
  • to run the show
  • to call the tune

French meanings:

  • décider les choses – Lit: to decide things
  • tout deciderto decide everything
  • voir tous les pouvoirsto have all the power

Example sentence:

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  • Quand on loue une chambre dans une maison, c’est le propriétaire qui fait la pluie et le beau temps. When you rent a room in a house the landlord is the one who call the shots.


  • mener le jeu, bal ou dance – Lit: to lead the game or dance
  • faire la loi – Lit: to make the law

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