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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOSS

Why can't we do a bit for ourselves over this; it won't hurt the boss none.

"Here's a letter from me boss, sor," he blurted out, holding it toward me.

He soon saw that the great Bull, 'the boss of the bunch,' was covered with blood.

I begin to sympathize with the boss, because I know what he felt when I ballyragged him for copy.

Their boss wouldn't let 'em say a word and you'd lose your chance of watching 'em.

But his boss didn't see it that way at all, and he and Jim had trouble.

If Lovegear wanted to work on Pascal on his own time it was fine with the boss.

Suddenly the sunbeams struck his crown and converted it into a boss of gold.

We extract from the report, however, the concluding advice of the Boss.

But how high an office they performed when the Boss came forward, we are not told.

WORD ORIGIN

"overseer," 1640s, American English, from Dutch baas "a master," Middle Dutch baes, of obscure origin. If original sense was "uncle," perhaps it is related to Old High German basa "aunt," but some sources discount this theory. The Dutch form baas is attested in English from 1620s as the standard title of a Dutch ship's captain. The word's popularity in U.S. may reflect egalitarian avoidance of master (n.) as well as the need to distinguish slave from free labor. The slang adjective meaning "excellent" is recorded in 1880s, revived, apparently independently, in teen and jazz slang in 1950s.

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