shove (one) around

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shove (one) around

To harass, bully, or threaten one; to give one orders in a domineering or forceful manner. The larger kids in the class tend to shove the smaller ones around. Don't let Tom shove you around like that—stand up for yourself, or report him to HR if you need to.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

shove someone around

1. Lit. to push someone around. The bigger boys shoved him around easily because he is so small, Karen shoved around the little kids until they got mad at her.
2. Fig. to harass someone. Stop shoving me around! Who do you think you are? Do you think you can shove around just anybody?
See also: around, shove
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

shove around

To give someone orders in a forceful or unpleasant way; bully someone: We refuse to allow corporate lawyers to shove us around. The restaurant management shoved around the employees.
See also: around, shove
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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He lamented that the UNHRC only takes action against smaller nations and shove them around but is a "softie'' in the case of big nations like the US.
That didn't sit well with the cops, who proceeded to knock down the door, pepper spray people, shove them around, and arrest the baby's father for "assaulting an officer" when he tried to defend his family.
Will he give them attitude or shove them around just for kicks?