Definitionsregional note: in BRIT, also use order about
phrasal verb → order If you say that someone is ordering you around or is ordering you about, you mean they are telling you what to do as if they have authority over you, and you dislike this.
[V n P] ⇒ When we're out he gets really bossy and starts ordering me around.
[V n P] ⇒ Grandmother felt free to order her about just as she wished. [Also V P n]
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