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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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?
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shove around

v.
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.
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Johnson (this from "Capitalism in America: A History" by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge) "gave [Martin] the once-over, shoving him around the room, yelling in his face, 'Boys are dying in Vietnam and Bill Martin doesn't care.'"
Weir explained how he successfully put the shackles on CIS cup midweek goal hero McCoist by shoving him around, despite McCoist trying to chat him off his game.