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To harass, bully, or threaten; to give orders in a domineering or forceful manner. A noun of 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.
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.
Treat or threaten to treat roughly, bully, domineer, as in I won't let him push me around. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
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!