show who's 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
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Brown admitted Celtic had a point to prove against the Dons as they were determined to show who's boss at Pittodrie.
With quiet rumblings of late from the likes of Rio Ferdinand, the Scotsman now has to show who's boss.
But Bradley has no intention of being shoved around and has told the pair he's ready to show who's boss as they battle to progress in junior football's premier competition.
ALEX McLeish plans to lay down some early ground rules to instil discipline into the Villa dressing room and show who's boss.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON has never been slow to show who's boss at Old Trafford - no matter how big the star name in question.
I tried giving her a sharp tug on the lead to show who's boss, but she soon dived into a grassy verge, leaving me no choice but to follow suit.
To show who's boss, standing out-in an understated way-is paramount in the cut-throat world of finance.
Ten minutes later, Captain Marvel nearly took my leg off - just to show who's boss - and we were thumped 5-2.
BAYERN MUNICH maybe about to show who's boss of the Bundesliga by pinching Dutch midfielder RAFAEL VAN DER VAART from Hemburg for a 'steal' -Aa around $10million.
WITH Steve Tyrell and Peter Grant both bearing the ol' blue eyes banner in recent weeks, Junior has decided to get in on the act and show who's boss, backed by a big band and featuring arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
All that government does flows from the people, and today is the day the people exercise their sovereignty - or, to put it another way, today the people show who's boss.
NEW manager must show who's boss from day one and implement a strict code of conduct.
I don't know whether the players think they are better than they are or it they're suffering from a collective mental block, but they need to show who's boss at home - yet they proved they can do it with wins over Norwich and Sunderland.
The first night the mother-in-law prepares an elaborate Chinese dinner, just to show who's boss of the kitchen.
Cunning collies show who's boss at the sheepdog trials in Meeker, Colorado