show (someone) who's boss

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of show (someone) who's boss

: to do something that will cause (someone) to recognize one's authority
  • He thinks he can tell me what to do, but I'll show him who's boss.

Word by Word Definitions

show play
  1. : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit

  2. : to offer for sale

  3. : to present as a public spectacle : perform

  1. : a demonstrative display

  2. : outward appearance

  3. : a false semblance : pretense

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

who play
  1. : what or which person or persons

  2. : the person or persons that : whoever

boss play
  1. : a protuberant part or body

  2. : a raised ornamentation (as on a belt or shield) : stud

  3. : an ornamental projecting block used in architecture

  1. : to embellish (something, such as a belt or shield) with a raised decoration : to ornament with bosses (see 1boss) : emboss

  2. : to treat (something, such as the surface of porcelain) with a boss

  1. : a person who exercises control or authority

  2. : one who controls votes in a party organization or dictates appointments or legislative measures

  1. : excellent, first-rate

  1. : to exercise control or authority over : to act as boss (see 3boss) of

  2. : to give usually arbitrary orders to

  1. : cow, calf


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