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push around

To harass, bully, or threaten; to give orders in a domineering or forceful manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "around." Bigger kids tend to push around smaller ones—that's just usually how it goes. Don't let Tom push you around like that—stand up for yourself, or report him to HR if you need to.
See also: around, push
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

push someone around

Fig. to harass someone physically; to jostle someone. (See also push someone or something about.) I wish you would stop pushing me around all the time. Stop pushing Max around if you know what's good for you.
See also: around, push
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

push around

Treat or threaten to treat roughly, bully, domineer, as in I won't let him push me around. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
See also: around, push
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

push around

v.
To give someone orders in a forceful or unpleasant way; bully someone: The seniors and juniors pushed around the younger students. You shouldn't let your boss push you around like that!
See also: around, push
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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