Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

push (somebody) around

push somebody around
Meaning(s)
1) bully, threaten, or harass somebody
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    • don't let him/her push you around!
  • Analysis
    To push somebody around means to bully, threaten or harass someone, often with the intention to get them to do something you want them to do. When you 'push someone around' you abuse your power or status in order to make someone behave in the way you want.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm sick of you telling me what to do. Stop pushing me around!
    2. When I was growing up I wasn't a strong child, so the older children used to push me around.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You need to stand up to your boss. Let her know that you will not be pushed around!
    2. Frank thinks he can push me around because he has ten years' more experience than me, but he hasn't got the authority to be giving me orders.
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