push (one's) weight around

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push (one's) weight around

To assert oneself in a controlling, domineering, or authoritarian manner; to exercise one's position of authority, power, or influence, especially to an overbearing or excessive degree. An effective leader should inspire enough confidence in their team that they don't have to push their weight around to get things done. I'm sick of Donald coming into these meetings and pushing his weight around. Can't he just leave us to our own devices?
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Other players became involved, at which point a couple of spectators who were drinking behind the goals came on to the pitch and started pushing their weight around.
Equally the UK, first under Thatcher and now under Blair, worships the neo-liberal nonsense of unrestricted competition resulting in the ``big boys'' pushing their weight around while our communities are shattered and exploited.