I did not see how this work could go on without some one bossing the thing, but I failed to detect any beaver acting as overseer.
If a foreman receives $3 a day and is bossing a job where only 12 cu.
Pal Arthur is all very well, but at bossing a bit of a slob.
There was no overseer on our place, just the old Master who did all the bossing.
My uncle is acting like a stingy grouch, he answered me, and I cant stand no more his bossing me.
A great architect has drawn the plans, and I—I am bossing the job!
You don't mind my planning for you and bossing you and all that sort of thing, do you?
Apparently, our friend was bossing the job and directing the operations of the other two.
Tom was bossing the gang and doing it like a man who had handled lumberjacks before.
The sort of bossing that she received that day was too delicious for words.
"overseer," 1640s, American English, from Dutch baas "a master," Middle Dutch baes, of obscure origin. If original sense was "uncle," perhaps it is related to Old High German basa "aunt," but some sources discount this theory. The Dutch form baas is attested in English from 1620s as the standard title of a Dutch ship's captain. The word's popularity in U.S. may reflect egalitarian avoidance of master (n.) as well as the need to distinguish slave from free labor. The slang adjective meaning "excellent" is recorded in 1880s, revived, apparently independently, in teen and jazz slang in 1950s.
"protuberance, button," c.1300, from Old French boce "a hump, swelling, tumor" (12c., Modern French bosse), from either Frankish *botija or Vulgar Latin *bottia, both of uncertain origin.
1856, from boss (n.1). Related: Bossed; bossing.
A circumscribed rounded swelling; a protuberance.
The prominence of a kyphosis or humpback.
Excellent; wonderful; the MOST •This old use seems to have been revived independently by 1950s jazz musicians and teenagers: Aw, this is boss/ Japan has leaped into the implements-for-bosser-living gap (1880s+)
: That little guy bosses the whole operation (1850s+)
[fr Dutch baas, ''master'']