Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a boss or bosses; specifically, in ship-building, swelled out or enlarged to form a boss or rounded protuberance.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of boss.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Embossed; also, bossy.
“Not every child can have these blessings of the country, but every child can be protected from the stifling of the nature instinct of play by formal indoor "bossed" exercises, whether called games, physical training, gymnastics, or Delsarte.”
“Here he was, subject to the caprice and ill-will of a sour and miserly Senior Warden, and a cowed and at least partially "bossed" vestry -- and he, the rector, with no practical power of appeal for the enforcement of his legal contract.”
“It "bossed," by establishing a superiority of numbers, the Standing Committee.”
“That is nine-tenths of the secret of "bossed" politics -- the sheer vanity of being on the inside, "in the know.”
“She had "bossed" Miss Salome for years, and both knew that in the end the damsons would be baked, but the argument had to be carried out for dignity's sake.”
“He said he would not stay there to be "bossed" by Timothy.”
“That he resented being "bossed" by a woman, that her superior quickness of mind and energy vexed him and that one day he would try to master her.”
“I'm only wishing I could come here and be 'bossed' by you until I could hold my own against any weather.”
“She had a great belief in her daughter and admired her cleverness, and she was always ready to be ruled by her; it was like being "bossed" by the man she had lost.”
“It was a comfort to remember that Trix's vocation kept her out of the house for the greater part of the day, for it would be distinctly trying to be "bossed" as a permanent thing.”
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