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boss someone around

to give orders to someone; to keep telling someone what to do. Stop bossing me around. I'm not your employee. Captain Smith bosses around the whole crew. That's his job.
See also: around, boss

show somebody who's boss

to make clear who has more power When you're trying to get kids to behave, you have to show them who's boss.
See also: boss, show

boss somebody around

to tell someone what to do States and communities have complained that they're being bossed around by Washington.
See also: around, boss

boss around

Tell someone what to do, give orders. For example, David complained that his older sister was always bossing him around. The use of boss in the sense of "to dominate" dates from the mid-1800s, and around was added a few decades later.
See also: around, boss

straw boss

A subordinate boss, a worker who supervises other workers as well as performing regular duties. For example, Jim was pleased when he was promoted to straw boss. This term alludes to the person's position as a straw man, that is, a front or cover for the real boss and of only nominal importance. [Late 1800s]
See also: boss, straw

boss around

To give someone orders in a forceful and unpleasant way: My older brothers and sisters are always bossing me around. What gives you the right to boss around everyone on the playground?
See also: around, boss


mod. excellent; powerful; superior. That is a boss tune.

boss dick

n. a cop; a police officer. (see also dick = detective.) The boss dick slugged me in the face and said I should be more careful.
See also: boss, dick

boss lady

n. the woman in charge. You’ll have to ask the boss lady.
See also: boss, lady

boss man

n. the man in charge. I guess the boss man is about ready to retire.
See also: boss, man

straw boss

n. a foreman; anyone who is second in command. I don’t mind being a straw boss as long as they pay me.
See also: boss, straw
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Do not wait for your boss to constantly give you direction.
As Gallup has previously noted, younger Americans are slightly more likely than older Americans to prefer a female boss; however, preference for a male boss is consistent between the two groups.
A boss knows how it's done; a leader shows how it's done.
Keeping the degree of challenge just right was especially difficult when the boss and protege were not co-located, which was often the case.
Check Your Work - Ask your incompetent boss to sign off on your work.
A good boss, therefore, knows that praise should come in public, while criticism should always be kept private, so that the employee's self-respect, dignity and confidence are left unscathed.
Politely decline the invitation to bash your boss (or anybody else's) and disconnect from the boss bashing by saying that you are committed as a general life principle to finding ways in which everybody can win.
6) Boss asked employee to go online and post false good comments about him
Our dedicated area for BOSS Selection further transmits the idea of a luxurious outlet offering high-end products only.
Allard) Boss, raised her children in a three-decker on Beacon Street in the Main South district of Worcester.
While an explosive boss will engage an employee face-to-face, a TBA prefers to spread rumors and innuendoes clandestinely throughout the organization.
There are better ways (even if you do have a boss you've fantasized about murdering).
Working well with your boss requires a concerted effort to obtain the knowledge and skills forming the foundation of a mutually beneficial relationship.
Peer advice -- If you have a colleague who gets along well with the boss, ask her for suggestions.