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Definition of boss noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who is in charge of other people at work and tells them what to do I'll ask my boss if I can have the day off. I like being my own boss (= working for myself and making my own decisions). Who's the boss (= who's in control) in this house?
  2. 2(informal) a person who is in charge of a large organization the new boss at IBM Hospital bosses protested at the decision.
  3. Idioms
    show somebody who's boss
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    to make it clear to someone that you have more power and authority than they have
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