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Pronunciation: /bɒs
 
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informal

noun

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.

verb

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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?’
Synonyms
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

adjective

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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!

Origin

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

Phrases

be one's own boss

1
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

2
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.

Words that rhyme with boss

across, Bros, cos, cross, crosse, doss, dross, emboss, en brosse, floss, fosse, gloss, Goss, joss, Kos, lacrosse, loss, moss, MS-DOS, Ross, toss

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Pronunciation: /bɒs
 
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noun

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.

Origin

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

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Pronunciation: /bɒs
 
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noun

US informal
A cow.

Origin

early 19th century: of unknown origin.

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