It is not nepotism as nepotism is possible because they use their power and it is use their power which I want to replace.

Example situation would be getting into someplace by force, like a concert, restaurant or other event.

Another example would be delaying a plane because they can't make it on time.

The politician often ______ and people aren't pleased.

I need a verb idiom only.

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to pull rank

 to use the power that your position gives you over someone in order to make them do what you want:

He doesn't have the authority to pull rank on me.

The politician often pulls rank and people aren't pleased.


See throw one's weight around.


To exercise influence or authority, especially to an excessive degree or in an objectionable manner.


To abuse one's power.

Abuse of power means:

The act of using one’s position of power in an abusive way. This can take many forms, such as taking advantage of someone, gaining access to information that shouldn’t be accessible to the public, or just manipulating someone with the ability to punish them if they don’t comply.


Your example:

The politician often abuses (overuses) his/her power and people aren't pleased.


to boss somebody around:

  • to tell someone what to do.
    • States and communities have complained that they're being bossed around by Washington.

(Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms )

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