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slang Excellent; outstanding. We're really going to the concert? Wow, that's boss— thank you, Mom! That's a boss car, my man. You're riding in style!
boss (one) about
To tell one what to do. This phrase is often used to emphasize that someone's behavior is controlling and unwarranted. You can't boss me about just because Mom isn't here! My friend at work got promoted, so now he thinks he can boss me about.
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.
The most powerful woman in a particular setting. A: "Should we set these tables up here?" B: "I don't know, ask the boss lady."
The most powerful man in a particular setting. A: "Should we set these tables up here?" B: "I don't know, ask the boss man."
slang To begin to act or approach something with resolve, determination, and all of one's effort. If I really wanted that promotion, I knew I was going to have to boss up. You'll need to start bossing up if you want to get your idea off the ground.
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.
I'm the boss, applesauce.
childish A jocular, possibly belittling assertion of one's role or position of authority. Popularized by the television show and personality "Judge Judy." A: "But I just think—" B: "Listen, I'm the boss, applesauce. If I say that the deal is not going ahead, then that's the end of the conversation, OK?"
slang Something is excellent or outstanding. We're really going to the concert? Wow, that's boss— thank you, Mom! A: "Like my new car?" B: "Oh yeah, it's boss. You're riding in style, my man!"
show (one) who's boss
To demonstrate authority or dominance over one so that it is clearly recognized, especially by means of defeat or some form of subjugation. You can't keep letting your employees walk all over you like that. You need to show them who's boss. You saw what their players said about us on Twitter. Let's go out there and show them who's boss in this conference.
A mid-level or junior supervisor with minimal authority over others. My official title was kitchen manager, but I was really just a straw boss since I couldn't do more than schedule shifts and order supplies. She's nothing more than a straw boss, but Janet acts like she runs the place now.
Who died and made you (the) boss?
cliché Used to express frustration with or annoyance at someone's bossy attitude or behavior. 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 the boss? Quit telling me what to do!
you heard (one)
One was clear in one's instructions or commands, so don't complain or argue and just do what one said. A: "I want this whole house cleaned from top to bottom before you go!" B: "What? Aw, come on—that's not fair!" A: "You heard me. Now get moving!" You heard the boss—either do the work you're paid to do, or get out!
See also: hear
you're the boss
You're the one whose opinion or decision matters; you're in charge. A: "Sorry, could you actually install the new heater on the other side of the room?" B: "You're the boss."
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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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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.
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]
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show someone who's bossmake it clear that it is yourself who is in charge.
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show somebody who’s ˈbossmake 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?
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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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mod. excellent; powerful; superior. That is a boss tune.
n. the woman in charge. You’ll have to ask the boss lady.
n. the man in charge. I guess the boss man is about ready to retire.
n. a foreman; anyone who is second in command. I don’t mind being a straw boss as long as they pay me.
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