think (one) owns the place

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think (one) owns the place

To behave in a haughty, arrogant, or imperious manner. The contractor they hired must think he owns the place, judging by the way he's telling us all how to do our jobs!
See also: own, place, think

think you ˈown the place

(also behave/act as if you ˈown the place) (disapproving) behave in a very confident way that annoys other people, for example by telling them what to do: What does she think she’s doing, coming in here acting as if she owns the place!
See also: own, place, think
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Superintendent Richie Green said: "It makes me cringe to think that criminals can come into this area and think they own the place.
Referring to Malas, he said: "This time we can and must defeat the populism and demagoguery of those who think they own the place. We can and must defeat the establishment, the old and the rotten, the arrogance and the conceit of those who think they can almost buy the elections," he added.
Connolly has said he "f***g hopes" Scotland never opts for independence, adding: "I love Scotland but I hate the way nationalists think they own the place.
"People have commented that they are rude, flash their cash around and think they own the place," he added.
She fumed: "They think they own the place. They try to make rules all the time.
'They come on the bus, cause trouble and think they own the place.
"They come over here with all their words beginning with `a' and having lots of other a's in them and all sounding the same, and they think they own the place".
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