show (one) who's boss

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show (one) who's boss

To demonstrate authority or dominance over one so that it is clearly recognized, especially by means of defeat or some form of subjugation. You can't keep letting your employees walk all over you like that. You need to show them who's boss. You saw what their players said about us on Twitter. Let's go out there and show them who's boss in this conference.
See also: boss, show

show someone who's boss

make it clear that it is yourself who is in charge.
See also: boss, show, someone

show somebody who’s ˈboss

make it clear to somebody that you have more power and authority than they have: I think it’s time we showed these people who’s boss, don’t you?
See also: boss, show, somebody
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Yet they couldn't leave, because people who build walls and hang Iron Curtains, even when they package it all in talk of safety and protection, really just want to show you who's boss.
Emmanuelle Marriott, 28, and Chadley O'Neil, 27, stormed into a house party uninvited and threatened to "cut up" a man while shouting "we'll show you who's boss in the area."
But when he was refused entry because of a private party he became aggressive and told Mr Jalenewski: "I'll show you who's boss when I come back next week."
He says that David is not going to bother him and that 'when I get in the ring with you, I am going to show you who's boss'.
After he was mauled by the more psychotic of the two when he grabbed her on the first day declaring, 'I'll show you who's boss', I'm not sure he was joking.
If you don't, they will soon show you who's boss." Bang on cue, Themis gives a heart-stopping growl.
If you don't respect them they will soon show you who's boss. ''
"That was his reaction: 'I'll show you who's boss in my department.' And we run into a lot of that," John said.
And although Italians expect you to be timely for a meeting, they will make a point of turning up late to show you who's boss.
ENGLAND chief Fabio Capello last night warned Premier League managers: 'I'll show you who's boss.' Capello was infuriated after Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard pulled out on Monday to join Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Emile Heskey, plus Joe and Ashley Cole on the sicklist, while Theo Walcott withdrew yesterday.