bossy pants

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

bossy +‎ -pants

Noun[edit]

bossy pants (plural bossy pants)

  1. (informal, sometimes used attributively) A pushy or domineering person.
    • 1992, Richard Hoggart, An Imagined Life: Life and Times, Volume III: 1959-91, Chatto & Windus (1992), →ISBN, page 265:
      She is in many ways my Aunt Ethel come back to life. I was brought up with, precisely, hauntingly, that shrill, nagging, over-insistent way of speaking, that bossy-pants way of walking, that remorseless insistence on always being right.
    • 2006, Anne Grace, The Perfect Stranger, Berkley Sensation (2006), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      She pulled off the paper and looked at what he'd bought her, what the horrid, arrogant, boot-burning, bossy pants had bought her.
    • 2010, Sarah Mlynowski, Give Me a Call, Delacorte Press (2010), →ISBN, page 104:
      "This is ridiculous!" she yells. "Go somewhere quiet!"
      "Hold on, bossy-pants."
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:bossy pants.