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Thursday, May 12, 2011


Example 1:

Oh my goodness! The office manager is so bossy! She is always telling everyone what to do, but I never see her doing anything herself. She doesn't even ask politely, she demands it! I think I need to look for a new job.

Example 2:

I have a group project to do in my economics class. Everything is going pretty well except for one thing: Jane thinks she is the leader and is telling everyone what to do. At the beginning, we all agreed that we would be equal members, but as soon as we got together, she became so bossy! She doesn't ask for our opinions and she makes decisions by herself and demands that we follow her plans. This project is a big part of our individual grades and we're running out of time...


this adjective can be used to describe a person who may or may not be "the boss," but acts like one to an excessive degree. In the first example, the bossy person is actually in charge, but does not delegate tasks politely. In the second example, the bossy person is an equal member of the group, but takes charge aggressively.
to boss
(someone) around verb phrase
Heather likes to boss people around

This idiom was taken from LSI's text book titled Speaking Savvy. This book is used to teach Speaking and Listening in our Level 5 class. For more information please visit:

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