boss (one) 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

v.
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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And then Zola, a feisty American girl, arrives in the village, and not only can she see Angel, but she also dares to boss him around! Before he knows it, Angel is led by Zola on a mission to save a group of homeless orphans.
"During the waltz he kept moaning that the music was wrong, but I just told him, 'This is what we are doing.'" But Tufnell denied he lets his gorgeous dance teacher boss him around, claiming that's his wife Dawn's job.
'He bosses me around and I boss him around. We've got a good relationship off the field too and we know each other fairly well, which helps on the rugby field.
She says, `I have the strength in some ways and he has the strength in others - he's a very strong man, and I definitely don't boss him around.' Whatever you say, Gwyn, whatever you say.