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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.
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.
boss somebody around
to tell someone what to do States and communities have complained that they're being bossed around by Washington.
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.
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]
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?
mod. excellent; powerful; superior. That is a boss tune.
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.
n. the woman in charge. You’ll have to ask the boss lady.
n. the man in charge. I guess the boss man is about ready to retire.
n. a foreman; anyone who is second in command. I don’t mind being a straw boss as long as they pay me.