the tail wagging the dog

idiom

Definition of the tail wagging the dog

informal
used to describe a situation in which an important or powerful person, organization, etc., is being controlled by someone or something that is much less important or powerful

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“The tail wagging the dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20tail%20wagging%20the%20dog. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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