order (one) about

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order (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 order me about just because Mom isn't here! My friend at work got promoted, so now he thinks he can order me about.
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order someone about

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to give commands to someone. I don't like for someone to order me about. Don't order me around!
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order someone about

Give peremptory commands to someone, be domineering, as in That teacher had better learn not to order us about. [Mid-1800s]
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References in classic literature ?
`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice; `I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--