- 1A person in charge of a worker or organization: I asked my boss for a promotion union bossesMore example sentences
- Four in 10 office workers say they think bosses regularly charge personal items back to the company.
- Union bosses believe railway maintenance workers are still risking their lives because lessons from the Tebay rail tragedy remain unlearned.
- Blum's first act was to stop the strike wave by organising talks between the bosses and the unions.
- 1.1A person in control of a group or situation: the boss of the largest crime family in the countryMore example sentences
- Traditionally, men are supposed to be in control and be the boss at work.
- The ENTIRE point of blogs is being the boss and controlling content.
- It does take a while to get used to, but remember, to teach your dog anything, you must be the leader and the boss.
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- Give (someone) orders in a domineering manner: plump old battle-axes bossing everyone aroundMore example sentences
- At least they weren't always bossing her around and ordering her around like a slave like Kinchi, but instead treated her like she had always wanted to be treated.
- It seems to me that this Government is reaching new heights in ordering and bossing people about and telling them what it expects them to do.
- They'll say, ‘Will you stop bossing me around?’
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- Excellent; outstanding: she’s a real boss chickMore example sentences
- I like that second picture the best; it's a boss shot!
be one's own boss
- Be self-employed.More example sentences
- ‘I was my own boss, I had a company van and my mates would drop in and we could listen to the rock music all day long,’ says Baldock.
- I was my own boss by 21, trading professionally in the retail game.
- Wonder Woman, on the other hand, was her own boss.
show someone who's boss
- Make it clear that one is in charge.More example sentences
- Wednesday Tony Blair is shown who's boss by the ladies of the Women's Institute at their annual conference in London.
- Now George is looking forward to showing Floyd who's boss when they walk out at Bothwell Castle today - just as he did in Barbados ten years ago.
- We're going to show you who's boss.
early 19th century (originally US): from Dutch baas 'master'.
- 1A round knob, stud, or other protuberance, in particular.More example sentences
- First you need a blank boss, indoors preferably (garage, hallway or sports hall) at 12 inches from the end of your long rod.
- The dish is signed ‘FB’ on the central boss for Francois Briot, the most celebrated member of a French family of medallists and die-cutters.
- The genus Eoporpita shows extensive tentacles radiating from a central boss, which in some specimens appears chambered.
- 1.1A stud on the center of a shield.More example sentences
- As we walked by I saw Yrling's and Toki's war-kits, for they were easy to discern by the fineness of the helmets and the gilt upon the bosses of their shields.
- A number of other male graves contained shield bosses and spear heads, although all traces of the wooden shields and spears had long disappeared.
- Thorfast would at least have had a heavy wooden shield with a metal boss that he'd have held on his left arm. and an eight-foot-long, metal-tipped ash spear.
- 1.2 Architecture A piece of ornamental carving covering the point where the ribs in a vault or ceiling cross.More example sentences
- In the medieval Hall of St Mary, Green Men occur as bosses, corbels, in tapestry, and in stained glass.
- The western bay of the vault, built in 1362, carries a hanging boss suspended by eight dramatic flying ribs.
- Four floral bosses help secure the flying ribs, while an intricate carved star hangs from the center and anchors the inner square.
- 1.3 Geology A large mass of igneous rock protruding through other strata.More example sentences
- They are commonly exposed as small stocks, bosses, sheets and dykes and are often intimately related to the granitoids outlined above.
- The first drops down a fissure in the floor, which leads down to a stalagmite boss partway along the hand traverse.
- Shortly after a chamber with a small shaft off to the left, you need to slide past an impressive stalagmitic boss.
- 1.4 Mechanics An enlarged part of a shaft.More example sentences
- The sights are conventional, with a front blade mounted atop a boss on the barrel.
Middle English: from Old French boce, of unknown origin.