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push someone around

Fig. to harass someone physically; to jostle someone. (See also push someone or something about.) I wish you would stop pushing me around all the time. Stop pushing Max around if you know what's good for you.
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push (somebody) around

also push around somebody
to threaten to hurt someone who is smaller or weaker I feel like I'm in third grade and the fourth-grade bully is pushing me around and trying to steal my baseball cards. I was a lot skinnier then and could get pushed around.
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push around

Treat or threaten to treat roughly, bully, domineer, as in I won't let him push me around. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
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push around

v.
To give someone orders in a forceful or unpleasant way; bully someone: The seniors and juniors pushed around the younger students. You shouldn't let your boss push you around like that!
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