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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Yet we should know the names of our MEPs (most of us don't, apparently): hold them accountable and, through them, refuse to permit unelected Brussels bureaucrats to boss us around.
When we are at home, the men beat us and boss us around.
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See, since most kids relied on parents, rather than the government, for food and pretty much everything else, the government lacked the means to boss us around.
Molly just sees us as her little brothers and thinks she can still boss us around.
SAUNDERS Bailey Jade A year today you were taken away, too good for earth so heaven you stay, no longer here to fight or boss us around.
Our friends have been banging on about the trend for letting a terrifying sergeant major-type boss us around a field, and we're finally giving in to the pressure - because it actually sounds like fun.
As we lose our international status, so the Government over the last decade has felt it ever more incumbent to boss us around and keep us in order.
Overall I thought we performed admirably against arguably the best pack in the Premiership, and we didn't let them boss us around as they thought they would," said Andrew.
We pay over the odds for players, let those that don't make it go for next to nothing and we let other clubs boss us around over deals.
MANY of us dream of starting up our own business - at least we don't have anyone else to boss us around, and we get to make all the decisions