throw (one's) weight around

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throw (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. I'm sick of Don coming into these meetings and throwing his weight around. Can't he just leave us to our own devices? You can expect the big industries to throw their weight around in order to influence the regulations.
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throw one's weight around

Fig. to attempt to boss people around; to give orders. The district manager came to our office and tried to throw his weight around, but no one paid any attention to him. Don't try to throw your weight around in this office. We know who our boss is.
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throw one's weight around

Wield power or authority, especially in a heavy-handed way. For example, One doesn't make oneself popular by throwing one's weight around. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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throw your weight around

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throw your weight about

BRITISH
COMMON If someone throws their weight around or about, they behave aggressively and use their authority over other people more forcefully than they need to. Some people regarded him as a bully who was inclined to throw his weight around. As a Party boss he used to throw his weight about.
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throw your ˈweight about/around

(informal) use your position of authority or power in an aggressive way in order to get what you want: He started throwing his weight around, shouting at everyone and telling them what to do.
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throw (one's) weight around

Slang
To use power or authority, especially in an excessive or heavy-handed way.
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At the beginning of this year, he decided to crack the whip on errant sports federations, who complained that he was unnecessarily trying to throw his weight around.
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At times that might mean someone gets the sharp end of his tongue, probably during a match that Celtic are not winning, but by and large he will not set out to throw his weight around.
With that rebuke still ringing in his ears, hopefully the left-hander will throw his weight around to proper effect and make the Bangladeshi bowlers the ones keen to hide their faces.
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Finally Coventry's penalty kill was breached, with John Craighead, eager to throw his weight around but ineffective until then, left in space to make it 3-2.