A: "Books don't grow on trees."

B: "Oh, well, technically, yes, they do."

B:" They're made of paper. "

A: "Sarcasm, Owen is that really the weapon you're reaching for?"

A: As deputy library monitor, I have banned you from my library.

B: How tragic that you're forced to threaten me with this undeserved authority.

A: How tragic for the world of bibliography that you even exist.

C: Causing trouble AGAIN, Owen?

B: That... I...

D: I think we know who wears the long trousers there.

"i think we know who wear the long trousers there" What does this mean? Any ideas? How to use it?


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In England, in the past, schoolboys would wear short trousers until a certain age, then would be allowed to wear long trousers. So "long trousers" would be a sign that one was "grown up". Thus, "who wears the long trousers" means "which of them is more mature".

in long trousers
(as postmodifying phrase) in a more mature, developed, sophisticated, etc., form.

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