order around


order around
ˌorder a ˈround ˌorder a ˈbout british [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they order around he/she/it orders around present participle ordering around past tense ordered around past participle ordered around] phrasal verb
to keep telling someone what to do as if you have authority over them, in a way that annoys people
Thesaurus: to tell people what to dosynonym
Main entry: order

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order around (or chiefly Brit order about) [phrasal verb]
order (someone) around/about : to give orders to (someone) : to tell (someone) what to do

He was tired of being ordered [=bossed] around by his parents and teachers.

You can't just come in here and start ordering people around.

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Main Entry:order

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • order around — give orders to, bully …   English contemporary dictionary

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