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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They ordered her around; they had a sense of entitlement," says Marijane Meaker, whose new memoir about the author, Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s, will be out this June from Cleis Press.