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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(formerly) a farmer employing laborers. a boss, especially an officious one. noun (Austral, informal) a boss or person in power
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a leader or boss. Contemporary Examples The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading Michael Daly September 26, 2014