show (someone) who's boss

Definition of show (someone) who's boss

  1. :  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

showplay
  1. :  to cause or permit to be seen :  exhibit

    :  to offer for sale

    :  to present as a public spectacle :  perform

  1. :  a demonstrative display

    :  outward appearance

    :  a false semblance :  pretense

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  the person or persons that :  whoever

bossplay
  1. :  a protuberant part or body

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

    :  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

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

  1. :  a person who exercises control or authority

    :  one who directs or supervises workers

    :  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

  1. :  cow, calf


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