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Tell someone what to do, give orders. For example, David complained that his older sister was always bossing him around. The use of boss in the sense of “to dominate” dates from the mid-1800s, and around was added a few decades later.
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How to use boss around in a sentence
Daney gave them a free hand and spoiled them, but I'm going to teach them who's boss around here now.Kindred of the Dust|Peter B. Kyne
You got your hooks on me that way, and I'm yours to boss around.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes