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who died and made you boss

slang A set phrase used to express frustration with another's bossiness. A: "You have to clean your room and take out the trash before you go out tonight." B: "Geez, who died and made you boss?" Who died and made you boss? Quit telling me what to do!
See also: and, boss, die, made, who

boss (one) around

To tell one what to do. This phrase is often used to emphasize someone's behavior as controlling and/or unwarranted. You can't boss me around just because mom isn't here! My friend at work got promoted, so now he thinks he can boss me around.
See also: around, boss


A confident, capable woman who pursues her own ambitions instead of working for others or otherwise settling in life. (Despite the name, a girlboss does not necessarily have her own business.) The phrase was popularized by Sophia Amoruso, founder of the fashion company Nasty Gal. Why are you still working in this dead-end job? You need to be more of a girlboss and take control of your life.

show (someone) who's boss

To demonstrate or prove to someone how skilled, strong, brave, courageous, etc., one is. This game is the reason we've put in all those hours of practice. Now, let's go out there and show them who's boss! No, no, you're doing it all wrong. Give me the golf club and I'll show you who's boss.
See also: boss, show

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

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

show someone who's boss

make it clear that it is yourself who is in charge.
See also: boss, show

show somebody who’s ˈboss

make it clear to somebody that you have more power and authority than they have: I think it’s time we showed these people who’s boss, don’t you?
See also: boss, show, somebody

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.
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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.
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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.