Phrasal Verbs

order about

This page is about the phrasal verb order about

British English


If you order people about, you tell them what to do in a bossy way.


order around, boss around (informal), boss about (informal)

For example

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

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


This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

The office workers were being ordered about by their

a. cleaning staff

b. junior assistants

c. office manager

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