There are 4 definitions of boss in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɒs


1A person who is in charge of a worker or organization: her boss offered her promotion union bosses
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  • 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: does he see you as a partner, or is he already the boss?
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  • 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.
1.2 [often as modifier] (In computer gaming) a particularly tough enemy, usually appearing at the end of a section or level: the boss characters provide more than enough challenge you may be required to kill a boss monster you’ll come up against a giant tank, a floating airship and a returning boss from the first game
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  • Random Dungeon rewards will be placed in each player's inventory automatically upon completion of the dungeon (final boss killed).
  • There's actually quite a bit of strategy involved in the boss battles.
  • You will race against 7 competitors or sometimes you may go up against a boss character.


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Give (someone) orders in a domineering manner: you’re always bossing us about
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  • 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?’
order about/around, give orders to, dictate to, impose one's will on, lord it over, bully, push around/about, domineer, dominate, ride roughshod over, trample on, try to control, pressurize, browbeat, use strong-arm tactics on; throw one's weight about/around, call the shots, lay down the law


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Excellent; outstanding: she’s a real boss chick
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  • I like that second picture the best; it's a boss shot!


early 19th century (originally US): from Dutch baas 'master'.


be one's own boss

Be self-employed: since I’m my own boss, my hours are flexible
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  • ‘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 it is oneself who is in charge: now it’s time to show her who’s boss
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  • 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.

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There are 4 definitions of boss in English:


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Pronunciation: /bɒs


1A stud on the centre of a shield.
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  • 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.
1.1 Architecture An ornamental carving covering the point where the ribs in a vault or ceiling cross.
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  • 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.
1.2The central part of a propeller.
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  • This kept her propeller boss under water but left the blades breaking the surface.
  • A single-seater aircraft, it looked rather tiny, but the 37 mm cannon in its nose, its barrel protruding through the propeller boss, was not.
  • Its surface may be flat or curved, or may have a pronounced central boss; its edges may be flat or flanged.
2 Geology A large mass of igneous rock protruding through other strata.
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  • 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.


Middle English: from Old French boce, of unknown origin.

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