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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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Flying Flowers analysed orders around the UK from last Valentine's Day.
Kate has a boyfriend she orders around and hires as her private investigator (and who has unrealized possibilities as a love interest, maybe in the sequel), and a wily old lawyer grandfather who has tutored and sponsored her success.
That means granting compulsory purchase orders around Goodison to enable the ground to be 'gradually' redeveloped (like Old Trafford).
He also said the dollar's upside was limited as Japanese exporters and investors have placed sell orders around the 118 yen line.
As a result, we filled several orders around the state.
He said a fully automated rack and locator system will allow the company to turn orders around "with greater accuracy the very same day."
In an effort to create mini-utopias of traditional Catholic culture and restore a brand of Catholicism united under the values of authority, obedience, absolute truth, fidelity to traditional doctrine, and defiance of an immoral culture, they have established chapels, schools, seminaries, and religious orders around the country.