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English definition of “boss”


noun [C]
a person who is senior to you at work, especially the person who is your manager: Getting on badly with the boss topped the list of reasons given by workers for leaving their job. my new/old/former boss
informal the person in charge of a company: Now that the company finally has a new boss, investors will be demanding to see a new strategy. company/union/bank bosses
be your own boss to work for yourself, not for an employer: I always wanted to be self-employed, to be my own boss, and do things the way I thought they should be done.
(Definition of boss from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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