What does the phrase “I gotta run it by the warden” mean when making plans with someone?

I asked a friend if he wanted to do something and hang out and he said “sure! I just gotta run it by the warden.” Does it basically mean he has to tell his wife? Or is it asking for permission?

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  • 6 months ago
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    His partner fills the boss role of the couple. I have to get permission from the "boss". Saying "warden" gives the idea that he is a prisoner, which I am certain is intended as a joke, even if there could be some truth to it.

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  • 6 months ago

    It's a slightly misogynist way of saying he has to discuss it with his wife. It's not a matter of asking permission- she might have other plans for that evening- plans that he has forgotten about. Couples with a good relationship consult with each other before committing to anything.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    It's another name for ball and chain.

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