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Noun: boss  bós
  1. A person who exercises control over workers
    "if you want to leave early you have to ask the boss";
    - foreman, chief, gaffer [Brit, informal], honcho [N. Amer, informal]
     
  2. A person responsible for hiring workers
    "the boss hired three more men for the new job";
    - hirer
     
  3. A person who exercises control and makes decisions
    "he is his own boss now"
     
  4. A leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments
    "party bosses have a reputation for corruption";
    - party boss, political boss
     
  5. A circular rounded projection or protuberance
    - knob
Verb: boss  bós
  1. Be bossy towards
    "Her big brother always bossed her when she was young";
    - strong-arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag [N. Amer, informal], ballyrag [N. Amer, informal], boss around [informal], hector, push around [informal], push about [informal]
     
  2. Mark, mould or decorate a surface with a raised design or symbol
    "bossed stationery";
    - emboss, stamp
Adjective: boss  bós
Usage: N. Amer, informal
  1. Exceptionally good
    "a boss hand at carpentry";
    - brag [N. Amer, informal]

Derived forms: bosses, bossing, bossed

See also: superior

Type of: employer, impress, imprint, intimidate, leader, overlooker, pol [N. Amer, informal], political leader, politician, politico [informal], pollie [Austral, informal], polly [Austral, informal], projection, supervisor

Encyclopedia: Boss, MO