order (one) around

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order (one) around

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

v.
To issue commands to someone in a forceful and unpleasant way; boss someone around: The lieutenant ordered the new recruits around. The nanny ordered around the children.
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Even if used playfully, and sometimes in protest when they order us around, the message is that we do respect their views and their rights (yes, children have rights).
'We have to preserve our country's independence and sovereignty, and nobody can order us around ...
Head of the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK) Lami Euzgen was quoted by BBC TE-rkce as saying, "Taksim is an important and meaningful space for the Turkish working class and the oppressed." In response to Erdoy-an's call to celebrate in Yenikapy, a rally venue that was created via land reclamation, Euzgen said: "Please don't let anybody order us around. The government wants to legitimize the environmental massacre at Yenikapy by forcing the masses to go there."
"Next time England launch a new kit, they should incorporate a poppy in the design, and make it part of the official shirt, so FIFA can't order us around."
"And if it's a private company, then it cannot order us around. We take orders from the Ministry of Health, not private entities," said a paediatrician, adding that many doctors will now be forced to pass on the charges to patients by hiking their consultation fee.
No matter how we feel sometimes, our residents do not want to come in and order us around. They just feel it's necessary.
When did local councils turn from being public servants who accepted it was their duty to remove rubbish and keep our streets clean into bullying, hectoring gauleiters continually thinking of ways to pry, snoop and order us around?