push (one's) weight around

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push (one's) weight around

To assert oneself in a controlling, domineering, or authoritarian manner; to exercise one's position of authority, power, or influence, especially to an overbearing or excessive degree. An effective leader should inspire enough confidence in his or her team that they don't have to push their weight around to get things done. I'm sick of Donald coming into these meetings and pushing his weight around. Can't he just leave us to our own devices?
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You did not handle it well," the judge told them and he stressed to Stephen Palmer, "You pushed your weight around and that is just not acceptable.