act like one owns the place 幅を利かせる
(Kenichi arrives home from a drawing class)
Rachel: Hey! How was your class?
Kenichi: It was all right.
Rachel: Not great? You were so excited about going.
Kenichi: There was a student there who I really didn't like.
Rachel: Why? Does it matter what other people are like in your class? Don't you just work at your own pace on your own stuff?
Kenichi: For the most part, yes, but this guy ... He just acted like he owned the place.
Rachel: What do you mean?
Kenichi: Apparently it's his third time taking a class with our instructor, so he tried to be chummy with him. He would also point out "mistakes" I made in my sketches.
Rachel: Did your instructor say anything to him?
Kenichi: He didn't notice. This guy also tried to "help" us on how to use our equipment and the correct way to clean up. He would interject when the instructor was speaking, just to show off that he knew what was going on. And he would push the instructor to let us do certain exercises.
Rachel: He's really throwing his weight around. Your classes should be meaningful and educational — and pleasant, if possible. I think you should talk to your instructor about this.
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