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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of boss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Embossed; also, bossy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a boss or bosses; specifically, in ship-building, swelled out or enlarged to form a boss or rounded protuberance.


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  • 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.

    Civics and Health

  • 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.

    Hepsey Burke

  • It "bossed," by establishing a superiority of numbers, the Standing Committee.

    Ireland Since Parnell

  • That is nine-tenths of the secret of "bossed" politics -- the sheer vanity of being on the inside, "in the know."

    Jimgrim and Allah's Peace

  • 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.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903

  • He said he would not stay there to be "bossed" by Timothy.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922

  • 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.

    The Beach of Dreams

  • I'm only wishing I could come here and be 'bossed' by you until I could hold my own against any weather.

    The Forester's Daughter A Romance of the Bear-Tooth Range

  • 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.

    You Never Know Your Luck; being the story of a matrimonial deserter. Volume 1.

  • 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.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells


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