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1 Informal
Chiefly US a professional politician who controls a party machine or political organization, often using devious or illegal methods


1. Biology any of various protuberances or swellings in plants and animals
a. an area of increased thickness, usually cylindrical, that strengthens or provides room for a locating device on a shaft, hub of a wheel, etc
b. a similar projection around a hole in a casting or fabricated component
3. an exposed rounded mass of igneous or metamorphic rock, esp the uppermost part of an underlying batholith
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A projecting ornament, usually richly carved and placed at the intersection of ribs, groins, beams, or at the termination of a molding.
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(1) Proprietor, entrepreneur.

(2) In the USA this term is also used for persons who head the apparatus of the Republican and Democratic parties in states and cities. Acting in the interests of monopolies, bosses frequently resort to bribes, threats, and blackmail during election campaigns in order to ensure the victory of candidates suitable to them.

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What does it mean when you dream about your boss?

Dreaming of one’s boss may indicate over involvement with work. Alternatively, it may represent a parental figure—the father if the boss is a man, and the mother if the boss is a woman.

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(design engineering)
Protuberance on a cast metal or plastic part to add strength, facilitate assembly, provide for fastenings, or so forth.
A large, irregular mass of crystalline igneous rock that formed some distance below the surface but is now exposed by denudation.
(naval architecture)
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boss, 1
1. A projecting, usually richly carved ornament placed at the intersection of ribs, groins, beams, etc., or at the termination of a molding.
2. In masonry, a roughly shaped stone set to project for carving in place.
3. To hammer sheet metal to conform to an irregular surface.
4. A protuberance on a pipe, fitting, or part designed to add strength, to facilitate alignment during assembly, to provide for fastenings, etc.
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Bridgport Operating System Software. A derivative of the ISO 1054 numerical machine control language for milling, etc.
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(1) (Open Source Software) Software that can be modified and recompiled by the user. See open source.

(2) (Operations Support Systems) An umbrella term for software that supports the telecommunications industry, but is not involved with the routine network operations of transmitting and switching data. OSS includes inventory management, CRM, middleware, performance monitoring, test & measurement and provisioning. B/OSS includes the billing. For more information, visit
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First of all, there were his endless special needs, which have always been off the charts even in a culture as steeped in perks and free-floating bossiness as the Hollywood media.
Brunett, Jr., who overcame Cleage's suspicions of monogamy to craft a love relationship that has them spending plenty of quality time together running a community theater yet gives them both ample space apart, to the more rigid and traditional pairing of boxing champion Charles Brewer and wife Sophia, who still struggle with communicating and overcoming Sophia's bossiness.
--Social: aggressiveness, rudeness, hostility, bossiness
The result is a heady mix, with a verbal complexity that suggests weighty subject matter but an uncertain tone that vacillates at times between judiciousness and downright bossiness.
Since its formation in the early 1950s, the intellectual movement known as American conservatism has stood for two overarching principles: anticommunism abroad and radical reduction in the size, cost, and bossiness of the federal government at home.
It is an odd and capricious withdrawal; rather than relinquishing control over her family, through her "natural bossiness," she exerts even greater control: she abdicates her familial and household responsibilities to her daughters by relentless supervision of their work.
The issue of bossiness, marriage counselors say, has to do with the man's perception of who has the power in the relationship.
Unfortunately, this reflects more negatively on a woman than a man,as it is seen more as 'bossiness' when coming from a woman.
In the latter, she played Terry Scott's wife Harriet, who many will remember for her braying laugh and jolly hockey-sticks bossiness.
In a meeting with the Minister of State, Teruo Asada, Chairman of Pakistan Japan Bossiness Cooperation Committee and Chairman of Marubeni Corporation stressed the importance of continuing high-level engagement between the governments and businesses of the two countries and discussed the scheduling of the next round of Joint Government Business Dialogue later this year.
Boxer Amir Khan, who had already been involved in a camp fire stand-off with the Scot over where to put the logs in the fire, said he had become fed-up with the Scot's bossiness and sullen face.