Put-someone-in-his-place meaning

To put someone in his place is to say or do something that lets another person know he is not as special, powerful or important as he thinks he is.

An example of put someone in his place is when a teacher tells the supposed class clown that she really isn't as funny as she thinks and that she better sit down and be quiet.

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(idiomatic) Remind someone of his or her position.
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(idiomatic) To bring somebody down; to humble or rebuke.

His quips at the party aimed to put the CEO in his place.

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