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Definition of boss noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    boss

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//bɒs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːs//
     
    , NAmE//bɑːs//
     
    Office life, Pay and conditions at work, Job titles
     
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  1. 1  a 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? See related entries: Office life, Pay and conditions at work, Job titles
  2. 2  (informal) a person who is in charge of a large organization the new boss at IBM Hospital bosses protested at the decision. See related entries: Office life, Pay and conditions at work, Job titles
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent. (originally US): from Dutch baas ‘master’.Extra examples I’ll ask my boss if I can have the day off. The Renault team boss later apologized for his comments. There’s been criticism of bonuses paid to top oil company bosses. Who’s the boss in this house?Idioms
    show somebody who’s boss
     
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    to make it clear to somebody that you have more power and authority than they have
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