Hence (nonce) boss uptransitiveverbal phrase [perhaps influenced by English boss to manage, control], to take care of (someone), to supervise (someone); cf. pass-up sense b, pasopverb.
1884C. Du ValWith Show through Sn Afr.I. 38They (sc. the quay porters) are not enthusiastically devoted to hard work, but do not appear to be altogether unwilling if put in the right groove and kept well ‘bossed up.’
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