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order around

Meaning: If you order people around, you tell them what to do in a bossy way.

Synonym: order about (British), boss around (informal), boss about (informal)

For example:

  • order sb around The workers hate the way their supervisor orders them around. They say she's rude and bossy.

  • be ordered around Army recruits soon get used to being ordered around.

Nouns often used as objects with
order around: workers, staff, employees, recruits, troops, students

Quick Quiz:

The office workers were being ordered around by their
  1. cleaning staff
  2. junior assistants
  3. office manager

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