boss around

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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KANSAS CITY were fading fast in the final weeks of the regular season and the Chiefs cannot expect to boss around the Colts in Sunday's AFC Divisional Play-off.
He stripped new spin chief David Hill of the right to boss around civil servants, controversially exploited by his predecessor Alastair Campbell.
We've been seeing the boss around the place in the last few weeks, but to see him back at Anfield is different.
Probably he's more relaxed because he can boss around Jim McKay.
And they are ready to pay the Newcastle United boss around pounds 3.
One in eight was even concerned things might turn physical and a third said having the boss around stopped everyone having fun, while one in five said they did not want them to attend at all.
IT will be a case of poacher turned gamekeeper at Bramall Lane today when Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock gets to boss around top refs Uriah Rennie and Howard Webb .
The PM yesterday stripped new spin chief David Hill of the right to boss around civil servants, controversially exploited by predecessor Alastair Campbell.
Admittedly Leicester suffered a bad end to last season's campaign but the people in power at Filbert Street must have conveniently forgotten how they were top of the Premiership under the same boss around this time last year.
While opponent Lou Savarese relaxed in his hotel room before the Hampden showdown, Team Tyson were left to follow their boss around town.
If the wife's scores are double the husband's or even higher, she receives an ``I'm the boss around here'' document.
Whatever happens the manager will be staying because I believe Ron Atkinson is the best boss around.
A FORMER member of Boyzone who used his car to chauffeur his drug boss around Dublin to make heroin deals was yesterday given an 18-month suspended sentence.
Spanish midfielder Luis Enrique and Dutch wing-back Reiziger would cost the United boss around pounds 6m and pounds 4 million respectively.